Evolution of targeted therapies in cancer: opportunities and challenges in the clinic

Future Oncology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 16 January 2015

Sam Santhosh, Prasanna Kumar, Vedam Ramprasad and Amitabha Chaudhuri

Targeted therapies have changed the course of cancer treatment in recent years. By reducing toxicity and improving outcome, these new generations of precision medicines have extended patient lives beyond what could be achieved by the use of non-targeted therapies. In the last 2 years, several new molecular entities targeting signaling proteins and immune pathways have gone through successful clinical development resulting in their approval. These new targeted therapies require patient selection and the discovery of biomarkers of response. This review discusses the evolution of targeted therapies in cancer and challenges in translating the concepts into clinical practice.


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