Toward molecularly selected chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer: State of the art and future perspectives

Clinica di Oncologia Medica, AO Ospedali Riuniti-Ancona, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.
Cancer Treatment Reviews (Impact Factor: 7.59). 06/2009; 35(5):451-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2009.04.008
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In the last few years therapeutic options for gastric cancer patients have slowly, but constantly expanded following the introduction of both new chemotherapy agents and innovative indications for treatment. Along with the medical therapy also our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying this disease has progressively improved. However although the available treatment options have undoubtedly increased no clear definitive indications can be made for a standard chemotherapy regimen and we are still unable to accurately select the appropriate treatment for the appropriate patient. Many molecular determinants of response/toxicity to chemotherapy agents have been identified, but only few of them seem to possess the necessary potential for a subsequent application in the clinical practice. Some of these factors have also been indicated as a therapeutic target for a novel class of anti-cancer compounds. This systematic review will analyse available data about these factors with the aim to constitute a starting point for future research.

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    • "Although the incidence of gastric cancer has been substantially declining for several decades, it is still the fourth most common cancer and the second most frequent cause of cancer death [1,2]. A multiple of genes seem to contribute to the malignant biological behaviour of gastric cancer [3,4]. It is very important to identify the prognostic factors in order to maximize the therapeutic effect and to minimize the adverse effects in the treatment of cancer patients. "
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    • "Actually, preliminary evidences have shown that the three distinct GC subtypes identified on histopathologic and anatomic criteria, present different gene expression profiles [7]. In the last few years, several studies have demonstrated that molecular markers may correlate to either response or toxicity to specific antineoplastic drugs in GC [18]. Differential expression of biological factors involved in chemotherapy activity, including targets of chemotherapeutic agents, such as thymidylate synthase (TS) for 5-FU, but also genes involved in drug metabolism, may explain the different response to treatment observed in our study. "
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