EGFR and HER2: is there a role in ovarian cancer?

Eleonora Teplinsky, Franco Muggia

Abstract

Advanced ovarian cancer carries a grim prognosis and development of targeted therapies to improve outcomes has become an active area of research in this disease. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and HER2/neu have shown to be overexpressed in ovarian cancer and there have been several clinical trials evaluating anti-EGFR and HER2 therapies in ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, the drugs have shown minimal efficacy and more recent work has now focused on identifying mechanisms of resistance and alternative ways of targeting these pathways. This review will discuss the currently published trials with anti-EGFR and HER2 agents in ovarian cancer and the further directions of study with these pathways.