Author | Alan P. Venook, MD

Articles

The Developing Role of Anti–Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Agents in the Treatment of Advanced or Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

November 15, 2017

Anti-EGFR therapy is a valuable addition to the armamentarium of treatment options for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. However, RAS mutation status is an imperfect biomarker for prediction of therapeutic outcomes in this setting. The recent discovery of tumor sidedness as a predictor of response highlights how little we understand about which patients are the most appropriate to receive drugs that target EGFR.

Location of Primary Tumor Matters in Colorectal Cancer

June 20, 2016

A retrospective analysis of a phase III clinical trial found that the physical location of the primary tumor predicts survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

Biomarkers in Colon Cancer: The Chasm Between Expectations and Reality

August 15, 2013

At this juncture, various commercially available assays for colon cancer may be of little added value, and accelerated biomarker development with clinical validation is desperately needed.

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: A Curable Disease

March 13, 2012

Combined-modality therapy has rendered disease-free an increasing number of patients who were previously considered to be incurable. Still, despite myriad advances in imaging, and in surgical and therapeutic modalities, many patients who undergo resection of limited metastatic disease with curative intent ultimately relapse.