Epidermal growth factor receptor and notch signaling in non-small-cell lung cancer

Pancewicz-Wojtkiewicz J.
Cancer Med. 2016 Oct 21. doi: 10.1002/cam4.944. Review.


Lung cancer is the most common reason of cancer deaths and about 85% of these are non-small-cell lung cancer. Currently, lung cancer therapy is mainly based on the tumor node metastasis (TNM) disease staging and tumor histological classification. Despite therapeutic innovations, the prognosis for lung cancer patients has not significantly changed in the last years. Therefore, a proper understanding of cell signaling pathways involved in cancer pathogenesis seems to be essential for improvement in cancer therapy field. The knowledge of crosstalk between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Notch pathway can lead to enhanced screening for the expression of these genes allowing patients to optimize treatment options and predict potential treatment resistance. This review focuses on recent advances related to the mechanisms of EGFR and Notch signaling in non-small-cell lung cancer and the effectiveness of current Notch- and EGFR-targeted therapies.

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