Predictive biomarkers for response to therapy in advanced colorectal/rectal adenocarcinoma

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Over the past couple of decades, with discovery of novel targeted therapies, and expansion of our understanding of the molecular biology of rectal cancer, there has been an emergence of a wide variety of therapeutic options designed to facilitate a personalized approach for the treatment of this malignancy A plethora of new prognostic and predictive single genes and proteins are being discovered that may reflect susceptibility and/or resistance to therapy Pathologic complete response rates occur in 10-16% of patients and have been shown to correlate with both disease-free and overall survival However, the response to neoadjuvant therapy remains variable and unpredictable In this review, some of these novel markers are discussed for their potential use as pharmacogenetic predictors for specific therapy, drug toxicity, and disease outcome

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-367
Number of pages7
JournalCritical reviews in oncogenesis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 5 2012


  • Biomarker
  • Predictive
  • Prognostic
  • Rectal adenocarcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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