Abstract

In the recent years, angiogenetic inhibitors have emerged for the treatment of several malignancies. In particular, bevacizumab has proved to be effective in many types of cancers (including sarcoma), but the limitations of antiangiogenic therapy have been shown in practice. Here, we sought to review the current evidence on the role and efficacy of bevacizumab in patients affected by uterine leiomyosarcoma. On April 2017, Literature was searched in order to identify studies reporting outcomes of patients affected either by early stage or advanced/recurred uterine leiomyosarcoma undergoing treatment with bevacizumab, alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic regimens. Searching the literature data of 69 patients affected by metastatic, unresectable uterine leiomyosarcoma were retrieved; on the contrary, no data regarding the use of bevacizumab in patients with early-stage uterine leiomyosarcoma was published. Current evidence suggested that the addiction of bevacizumab to standard treatment modality does not increase grade 3 or worse toxicity (assessed by CTCAE). Pooled data regarding response rate suggested that 35%, 28%, 26% and 11% of patients experienced objective cure (complete + partial response), stable disease, progressive disease and unknown response, respectively. Data from the only one randomized controlled trial suggested that objective cure rate does not differ from standard chemotherapy treatment, thus limiting the indication to add bevacizumab in patients affected by metastatic, unresectable uterine leiomyosarcoma. The current evidence does not justify the use of bevacizumab into clinical practice. Further randomized studies testing the role of bevacizumab are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Volume126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors/therapeutic use
  • Bevacizumab/therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leiomyosarcoma/drug therapy
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local/drug therapy
  • Uterine Neoplasms/drug therapy

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