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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2006 December;50(4):296-309

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Vascular tumor targeting

Ahlskog J. 1, Paganelli G. 2, Neri D. 1

1 Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2 European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy


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The growth of solid tumors is dependent on their capacity to acquire blood supply. Therefore, much effort has been directed towards the development of anti-angiogenic agents which inhibit the process of neovascularization. More recently, it has become apparent that the targeted destruction of the established tumor vasculature represents a complementary avenue for growing therapeutic opportunities. This review provides evidence that vascular tumor targeting is an effective anti-tumor strategy in animal models. It further describes strategies for the identification of putative tumor vascular targets and discusses future prospects for vascular targeting applications in the clinical setting.

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