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Minerva Medica 2007 October;98(5):603-23

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Targeted therapies in solid tumours: results and promises

Pantaleo M. A., Saponara M., Nannini M., Biasco G.

“L. and A. Seragnoli” Institute of Medical Hematology and Oncology S. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic, Bologna, Italy


In these last few years novel approaches to the treatment of solid tumours have been proposed. Therapeutic agents addressed to specific functions of the neoplastic cells seems to be very promising tools, with a low grade of toxicities. These agents are the basis of the so called targeted therapies. Small molecules inhibiting the proliferative cascade of the cancer cells and monoclonal specific antibodies against growth factor or vascular endothelial growth factor have been claimed as the promise in cancer therapy. Unfortunately, the very good results obtained in preclinical experiments have not been completely confirmed in the clinical practice. A selection of patients who could have beneficial effects from the novel agents is mandatory to avoid inappropriate therapies and also unjustified expenses.

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