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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (23319867)
Authors Hart CD, De Boer RH
Title Profile of cabozantinib and its potential in the treatment of advanced medullary thyroid cancer.
Journal OncoTargets and therapy
Vol 6
Date 2013
Abstract Text Medullary thyroid cancer is an uncommon malignancy for which until recently little effective treatment existed. It is often characterized by mutation and overexpression of the receptor tyrosine kinases RET (rearranged during transfection), VEGFR2 (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2) and MET (mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor), which make attractive targets for drug development. Cabozantinib is an orally bioavailable tyrosine kinase inhibitor which blocks MET, VEGRF2 and RET, and has shown considerable activity in medullary thyroid cancer in a Phase III trial, including in heavily pretreated patients. Its novel combination of vascular endothelial growth factor and MET inhibition is believed to address the MET escape pathway, which is thought to be the cause of nonsustained tumor responses resulting from inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor alone.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
Unknown unknown thyroid gland medullary carcinoma not applicable Cabozantinib FDA approved Actionable In a Phase III trial that supported FDA approval, treatment with Cometriq (cabozantinib) resulted in improved progression free survival in patients with metastatic medullary thyroid cancer (PMID: 23319867). detail... 23319867