The New Generation of Targeted Therapies for Breast CancerOctober 1st 2003
The article by Drs. Syed andRowinsky is well written andcomprehensive. They introduceseveral biologic pathways that are importantin breast cancer and focus onnew pharmaceutical agents designedto disrupt these pathways. Patients andphysicians hope that agents that targetthe tyrosine kinase signal transductionpathways, block tumor angiogenesis,modulate apoptosis, and inhibithistone deacetylation will be effective,nontoxic therapies for breastcancer. These molecularly targeted approacheshold promise, but deliveringon this promise requires that we movebeyond histologic characterization ofthe disease and rethink the design ofclinical trials.