Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer

Gastric & Breast Cancer e-journal
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2010.0147


Eribulin, epigenome and miRNAs cancer therapeutics targets - Beyond?

Dimitrios H. Roukos, MD, PhD.

Affiliation: Personalized Cancer-Networks Medicine, Biobank, Ioannina University School of Medicine, Ioannina, 45110 Greece.

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Recently, eribulin ľa nontaxane deep-sea sponge complex synthetic agent - was approved by the FDA. A phase III study (EMBRACE) has demonstrated an overall survival benefit (OS) of eribulin in heavily pre-treated patients with metastatic breast cancer. The eribulin FDA approval is more than just a triumph for patients in desperate need of treatment and represents a hard-won victory for the total synthesis of natural products.

Here I discuss the perspectives of eribulin in the adjuvant setting and the challenges to discover robust biomarkers for predicting resistance to taxane and eribulin sensitivity essential for decision making. Moreover, I describe new technologies-based latest advances with identification of epigenome modifications and microRNAs as therapeutic cancer targets that already are tested in clinical trails. In a more future perspective, I discuss how and why the future lies in the next-generation, biosystems interactions-based drugs considering emerging advances in cancer structural variation, genetic deregulation and cancer networks.

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2011; 10(1): 1-18)

This article is 18 pages long, and includes 3 figures 2 tables and 1 box.


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