ANGIOGENESIS AND NON SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER
Metodieva SN*
*Corresponding Author: S. Nikolova Metodieva, Department of Medical Genetics, Medical Faculty, Medical University Sofia, 2 Zdrave str., 1413, Sofia, Bulgaria; Tel/Fax: + 359-2-9520- 357; e-mail: svetlana.metodieva@ yahoo.com
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Abstract

Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 80% of all lung cancers. Despite improvements in treatment protocols the survival rate in NSCLC remains poor. An improved understanding of cancer biology has led to the investigation of angiogenesis in NSCLC development and progression by intratumoral microvessel count or expression of angiogenic markers. The prognostic significance of several frequently assessed angiogenic factors and current antiangiogenic strategies which proved to be particularly promising in combination with chemo­therapeutic agents for clinical management of NSCLC are here reviewed.

   Key words: Angiogenesis; Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF); Antiangiogenic agents

 




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