ABSTRACT: One of the fundamental aims of oncological research is the search for molecules with greater efficacy against tumors and less toxicity than the usual chemotherapeutic agents. Epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors are a new group of drugs which, because of their more specific effect against neoplastic cells, seem to meet these characteristics. Skin eruptions are one of the most frequent adverse effects associated with their use, secondary to the drug's direct inhibitory effect on homeostasis of the epidermis and of the pilosebaceous follicle. Several cases of cutaneous toxicity in patients treated with epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors have recently been published. We present three cases of acneiform eruptions attributable to different drugs in this family (cetuximab, gefitinib and erlotinib).
Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas 10/2005; 96(7):450-4.