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BMC Cancer. 2011 Oct 4;11:423. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-11-423.

Efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor targeting in advanced chordoma: case report and literature review.

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Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Paoli-Calmettes, 232 bd Ste-Marguerite, Marseille, 13009, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Chordomas are very rare low-grade malignant bone tumors that arise from the embryonic rests of the notochord. They are characterized by slow growth and long history with frequent local relapses, and sometimes metastases. While chemotherapy is not efficient, imatinib has shown antitumor activity.

CASE PRESENTATION:

We report on a 76-year-old patient with EGFR-overexpressing advanced chordoma that progressed on imatinib and subsequently responded to erlotinib during 12 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

We report the fourth case of advanced chordoma treated with an EGFR inhibitor. We also review the literature concerning the rationale and potential of EGFR targeting in chordoma.

PMID:
21970335
PMCID:
PMC3199017
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2407-11-423
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