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Cancers (Basel). 2018 Jan 29;10(2). pii: E36. doi: 10.3390/cancers10020036.

Targeted Therapies for Pancreatic Cancer.

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Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA 91010, USA. iamanam@coh.org.
2
Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA 91010, USA. vchung@coh.org.

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related death and by 2030, it will be second only to lung cancer. We have seen tremendous advances in therapies for lung cancer as well as other solid tumors using a molecular targeted approach but our progress in treating pancreatic cancer has been incremental with median overall survival remaining less than one year. There is an urgent need for improved therapies with better efficacy and less toxicity. Small molecule inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies and immune modulatory therapies have been used. Here we review the progress that we have made with these targeted therapies.

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pancreas; personalized medicine; targeted therapy

Conflict of interest statement

Vincent Chung: Celgene, speakers bureau; Ipsen and Five Prime Therapeutics, advisory board.

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