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Breast Cancer. 2000;7(4):311-4.

The predictive value of angiogenesis for adjuvant therapy in breast cancer.

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  • 1Tokyo Metropolitan Komagome Hospital, 3-18-22 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8677, Japan.


Recent accumulated data have indicated that angiogenesis is a promising indicator to predict prognosis and response to treatment. In breast cancer, microvessel density (MVD), a semi-quantitative marker of neovascularization grade, has been suggested to provide independent prognostic value. In addition, the expression of both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)and thymidine phosphorylase (TP), two angiogenesis regulatory molecules, were found to be closely associated with MVD, and with the effect of treatments. In particular, VEGF expression seems to be a phenotype resistant to endocrine therapy, whereas TP expression decreases sensitivity to chemotherapy containing fluorouracil. This review summarizes the current topics regarding the prognostic and predictive value of angiogenesis in primary breast cancer, and we discuss future applications of antiangiogenesis treatments in an adjuvant setting.

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