Hypoxia, angiogenesis, and lung cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer in America. As a result, novel ways to treat it are needed to improve patient outcomes. A tumor must form new blood vessels to grow and metastasize to distant sites; this angiogenesis is mediated by factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Because it increases VEGF levels, hypoxia has been thought to be a primary trigger of angiogenesis. Tumor hypoxia and higher levels of serum markers of angiogenesis have been associated with poor prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In recent years, antiangiogenic compounds have been developed and tested in various solid malignancies, including NSCLC, for which bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody against VEGF, was recently approved. Combinations of antiangiogenic drugs and conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy are currently under development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goudar, RK; Vlahovic, G

Published Date

  • July 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 277 - 282

PubMed ID

  • 18778551

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-6269

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11912-008-0043-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States