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Anti-EGFR Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment of Colorectal Cancers: Development of Cetuximab and Panitumumab

Authors

  • Dr Benoit You MD,

    1. Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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  • Dr Eric X. Chen MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Room 5-719, 610 University Avenue, M5G 2M9 Toronto, Ontario, Canada; eric.chen@uhn.on.ca.

Abstract

Over the last decade, anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been firmly established as essential drugs for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). Cetuximab and panitumumab have been approved by American and European drug agencies. This review aims at exploring the main outcomes of clinical studies performed during their clinical development, from phase I to III trials, and hence at giving a comprehensive review of the scientific rational and up-to-date evidence sustaining the use of these drugs. Many areas are still under active investigation such as administration schedules, their efficacy in comparison with bevacizumab, their role in adjuvant therapy, molecular predictors, and management of side effects.

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