The clinical application of angiostatic therapy in combination with radiotherapy: past, present, future

Lisanne C. Hamming, Ben J. Slotman, Henk M.W. Verheul, Victor L. Thijssen*

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Although monotherapy with angiostatic drugs is still far from effective, there is abundant evidence that angiostatic therapy can improve the efficacy of conventional treatments like radiotherapy. This has instigated numerous efforts to optimize and clinically implement the combination of angiostatic drugs with radiation treatment. The results from past and present clinical trials that explored this combination therapy indeed show encouraging results. However, current findings also show that the combination has variable efficacy and is associated with increased toxicity. This indicates that combining radiotherapy with angiostatic drugs not only holds opportunities but also provides several challenges. In the current review, we provide an update of the most recent insights from clinical trials that evaluated the combination of angiostatic drugs with radiation treatment. In addition, we discuss the outstanding questions for future studies in order to improve the clinical benefit of combining angiostatic therapy with radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-232
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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