Targeting the tumor microenvironment

Paraic A. Kenny, Genee Y. Lee, Mina J. Bissell

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Despite some notable successes cancer remains, for the most part, a seemingly intractable problem. There is, however, a growing appreciation that targeting the tumor epithelium in isolation is not sufficient as there is an intricate mutually sustaining synergy between the tumor epithelial cells and their surrounding stroma. As the details of this dialogue emerge, new therapeutic targets have been proposed. The FDA has already approved drugs targeting microenvironmental components such as VEGF and aromatase and many more agents are in the pipeline. In this article, we describe some of the "druggable" targets and processes within the tumor microenvironment and review the approaches being taken to disrupt these interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3468-3474
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Cancer therapy
  • Review
  • Stromal-epithelial interaction
  • Tumor microenvironment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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