Agents designed to attack blood vessels that feed a growing tumor are effective against tumor growth in laboratory experiments. However, results of early clinical trials with these inhibitors have not yet exhibited the same success observed in animal models. Now, a new study published in the December issue of Cancer Cell demonstrates that a unique time period exists during which combined radiation and antiangiogenic therapy can exert a remarkable synergistic effect that significantly slows tumor growth.
Recent clinical studies have suggested that antiangiogenic therapy is most effective when delivered in combination with radiation or chemotherapy. However, evidence supporting combined therapies has been inconsistent. Dr. Rakesh K. Jain from the Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School led a study to investigate whether the timing of combined therapy impacts treatment effectiveness.
Mice implanted with gliomas were treated with radiation, with the antiangiogenic agent DC101, or with combinations of the two. DC101 blocks the action of VEGF, a protein that stimulates blood vessel formation and is found at very high levels in gliomas. Blood vessels in gliomas and many other tumors are abnormal and do not deliver oxygen to tumor cells as efficiently as normal blood vessels do in normal tissues. This is clinically significant because lack of oxygen, or hypoxia, can make a tumor resistant to radiation therapy.
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