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Targeting Angiogenesis in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Arnaud ScherpereelEmail author


Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a quite rare cancer but with increasing incidence worldwide, usually associated with previous asbestos exposure. MPM patients have globally a poor prognosis with limited therapeutic options and no validated curative treatment. Therefore, innovative drugs and strategies are needed. Based on the preclinical rationale and first-trial data, antiangiogenic drugs have been tested in MPM, mostly associated with standard frontline chemotherapy (cisplatin/pemetrexed). However, if anti-VEGF antibody (bevacizumab) exhibited a real value in addition with first-line chemotherapy in a large phase III trial, other drugs’ and trials’ results did not support the use of this class of targeted therapies so far. Moreover, there are no biomarkers to date to predict the efficacy of antiangiogenic drugs in MPM patients. Future directions include the evaluation of antiangiogenic drugs in combination with immunotherapy in MPM.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma Treatment Angiogenesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pulmonary and Thoracic Oncology DepartmentUniv Lille, CHU LilleLilleFrance
  2. 2.French National Network of Clinical Expert Centers for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Management (MESOCLIN)LilleFrance

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