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Minerva Endocrinologica 2017 March;42(1):64-76

DOI: 10.23736/S0391-1977.16.02229-X

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Aggressive thyroid cancer: targeted therapy with sorafenib

Alda CORRADO 1, Silvia M. FERRARI 1, Ugo POLITTI 1, Valeria MAZZI 1, Mario MICCOLI 2, Gabriele MATERAZZI 3, Alessandro ANTONELLI 1, Salvatore ULISSE 4, Poupak FALLAHI 1, Paolo MICCOLI 3

1 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; 2 Department of Translational Research and of New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; 3 Department of Surgical, Medical, Molecular Pathology and Critical Area, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; 4 Department of Experimental Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy


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Sorafenib (Nexavar), is a multikinase inhibitor, which has demonstrated both antiproliferative and antiangiogenic properties in vitro and in vivo, inhibiting the activity of targets present in the tumoral cells (c-RAF [proto-oncogene serine/threonine-protein kinase], BRAF, (V600E)BRAF, c-KIT, and FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3) and in tumor vessels (c-RAF, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor [VEGFR]-2, VEGFR-3, and platelet-derived growth factor receptor β). Sorafenib was initially approved for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and advanced renal cell carcinoma. Experimental studies have demonstrated that sorafenib has both antiproliferative and antiangiogenic properties in vitro and in vivo, against thyroid cancer cells. Furthermore, several completed (or ongoing) studies have evaluated the long-term efficacy and tolerability of sorafenib in patients with papillary, follicular and medullary aggressive thyroid cancer. The results of the different studies showed good clinical responses and stabilization of the disease and suggested that sorafenib is a promising therapeutic option in patients with advanced thyroid cancer that is not responsive to traditional therapeutic strategies (such as radioiodine). Currently, USA Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of sorafenib for metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer.


KEY WORDS: Sorafenib - Thyroid neoplasms - Protein-tyrosine kinases

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Issue published online: January 5, 2017
Article first published online: June 26, 2015
Manuscript accepted: November 10, 2015
Manuscript received: June 4, 2015

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Corrado A, Ferrari SM, Politti U, Mazzi V, Miccoli M, Materazzi G et al. Aggressive thyroid cancer: targeted therapy with sorafenib. Minerva Endocrinol 2017;42:64-76. DOI: 10.23736/S0391-1977.16.02229-X

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alessandro.antonelli@med.unipi.it