Gene interactions and pathways from curated databases and text-mining
Curr Opin Oncol 2007, PMID: 17545796

Treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma: disappointment or challenge?

Kasper, Bernd; Gil, Thierry; Awada, Ahmad

OBJECTIVE

We give an overview on the emerging compounds for patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Included are recent developments in targeted therapy, focusing on the following: antiangiogenic and immunomodulatory drugs (e.g. anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated antigen-4 monoclonal antibody), Bcl-2 antisense therapy, raf kinase and mammalian target of rapamycin inhibition, heat shock protein modulators, minor groove binders and other agents being developed.

RESULTS

Soft tissue sarcomas are a heterogeneous group of tumours that arise predominantly from the embryonic mesoderm. They account for fewer than 1% of all adult malignancies. The prognosis of patients with advanced metastatic soft tissue sarcoma remains poor, with disease-free survival at 5 years below 10%. Complete resection remains the only potentially curative treatment option. Only few chemotherapeutic agents have been identified to be active, with reported response rates for doxorubicin and ifosfamide of around 20%. New strategies are urgently needed to improve outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS

Understanding of the molecular biology and pathogenesis of soft tissue sarcomas has been enhanced, and in the near future this should translate into molecular tumour characterization and development of new therapeutic strategies.

Diseases/Pathways annotated by Medline MESH: Sarcoma
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Text Mining Data

mammalian target of rapamycin ⊣ Bcl-2: " Included are recent developments in targeted therapy, focusing on the following : antiangiogenic and immunomodulatory drugs ( e.g. anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated antigen-4 monoclonal antibody ), Bcl-2 antisense therapy, raf kinase and mammalian target of rapamycin inhibition , heat shock protein modulators, minor groove binders and other agents being developed "

Manually curated Databases

No curated data.