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Journal of Oncology
Volume 2010, Article ID 414676, 11 pages
Review Article

Targeting the EGF Receptor for Ovarian Cancer Therapy

1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA
3Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO 65212, USA

Received 15 June 2009; Accepted 11 September 2009

Academic Editor: Maurie M. Markman

Copyright © 2010 Reema Zeineldin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ovarian carcinoma is the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy in the US. Factors such as the molecular heterogeneity of ovarian tumors and frequent diagnosis at advanced stages hamper effective disease treatment. There is growing emphasis on the identification and development of targeted therapies to disrupt molecular pathways in cancer. The epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor is one such protein target with potential utility in the management of ovarian cancer. This paper will discuss contributions of EGF receptor activation to ovarian cancer pathogenesis and the status of EGF receptor inhibitors and EGF receptor targeted therapies in ovarian cancer treatment.