Critical role of epidermal growth factor receptor in neutropenic fever


"Research Article"

American Journal of BioMedicine  Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 75-87, February 2015

Debolina Bokemeyer; Ratna Price; Sarita Saltz; Min Engelman; Johanna Loehrer


The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR; ErbB-1; HER1 in humans) is the cell-surface receptor for members of the epidermal growth factor family (EGF-family) of extracellular protein ligands. The identification of EGFR as an oncogene has led to the development of anticancer therapeutics directed against EGFR. The most common adverse effect of EGFR inhibitors, found in more than 90% of patients, is a papulopustular rash and in 10% to 15% of patients the effects can be serious and require treatment. While the risk of neutropenic fever toxicity has only recently been recognized. A total of 279 patients were enrolled in the present study. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of patients with a lowh grade of neutropnic fever were significantly longer than those with a high grade of neutropnic fever (median PFS: 3.6 months vs 8.4 months, P<0.001; median OS: 7.6 months vs 17.1 months, P=0.006, respectively).

Keywords: Cancer; Neutropenic fever; EGFR; ErbB-1

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