Preclinical studies and clinical utilization of monoclonal antibodies in epithelial ovarian cancer

Academic Article


  • Objective: To present an overview of selected monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that have been studied in epithelial ovarian cancer with a focus on combination treatment with conventional chemotherapy. Methods: The authors perform a narrative review of the literature. Preclinical studies that provided rationale for mAb use are examined, and selected clinical trials that evaluated efficacy and tolerability are reviewed. Results: Numerous mAbs have been utilized in epithelial ovarian cancer, including bevacizumab (anti-vascular endothelial growth factor), trastuzumab (anti-human epidermal growth factor-2), cetuximab (anti-epidermal growth factor receptor), and oregovomab (anti-CA125). Favorable preclinical results have lead to the development of a number of clinical trials. Side-effects have been minimal and combination therapy has been well-tolerated. Efficacy has been variable in the clinical trials. Conclusions: Targeted treatment with mAbs in conjunction with cytotoxic chemotherapy has been an important research area during the last decade. This therapeutic approach holds promise for improved outcomes in patients with ovarian cancer. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Frederick PJ; Straughn JM; Alvarez RD; Buchsbaum DJ
  • Start Page

  • 384
  • End Page

  • 390
  • Volume

  • 113
  • Issue

  • 3