Potential novel role of bevacizumab in glioblastoma and cervical cancer

Andrew K.L. Goey, William D. Figg*

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The VEGF-A binding monoclonal antibody bevacizumab is a widely prescribed angiogenesis inhibitor and indicated for many types of cancer. As shown by three randomized phase 3 trials recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, novel indications for this drug are still being explored. In the RTOG 0825 and AVAglio trials the effect of bevacizumab addition to standard therapy in newly diagnosed glioblastoma (radiotherapy plus temozolomide) was investigated, while in GOG 240 the combination of platinum-based chemotherapy plus bevacizumab was explored in advanced cervical cancer. In RTOG 0825, addition of bevacizumab to standard therapy did not result in survival benefit, and moreover, quality of life was more deteriorated in the bevacizumab arm. In AVAglio, however, progression-free survival (PFS) was significantly increased in the bevacizumab group and these patients also experienced a longer deterioration-free survival. These conflicting results do not fully support the incorporation of bevacizumab in the first-line treatment of glioblastoma. In contrast, in GOG 240 the bevacizumab group (including paclitaxel plus topotecan or paclitaxel) experienced a significant longer PFS and overall survival, and quality of life was not negatively affected in these patients. Thus, these results favor the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of advanced cervical cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296-1298
Number of pages3
JournalCancer Biology and Therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiogenesis
  • Bevacizumab (Avastin)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Glioblastoma
  • VEGF-A


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