Special Issue "Targeted Therapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gerhard Hamilton

Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, AKH8H, Währinger Gürtel 18-20,A-1090 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: lung cancer; small cell lung cancer; circulating tumor cells; drug resistance; immunotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The therapy of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has seen major advances in therapeutic modalities involving the targeting of a range of driver kinases and the activation of the immune system by checkpoint inhibitors. In contrast, small cell lung cancer (SCLC), which constitutes approximately 15% of lung cancers, poses a much tougher problem, and its treatment has lacked significant advances for the past decades, with the possible exception of the recent successes of immunotherapy. However, the response rates to immunotherapy are rather low and linked to a modest prolongation of survival, and, therefore, there is much room for improvement in the targeted therapy of SCLC. The genomic characterization of SCLC has revealed the universal impairment of p53 and pRb tumor suppressor proteins and the presence of multiple interchangeable drivers which are difficult to target. A host of targeted therapies aimed at reversing resistance to apoptosis and inhibiting developmental signaling pathways and growth factor receptors failed to show clinical progress. Investigations on inhibitors of DNA repair, global modifiers of gene transcription, or cytotoxic drug conjugates directed to constituents of growth stimulatory circuits are ongoing. In the past, SCLC was preferentially studied by two-dimensional tumor models or poorly representative xenografts. The three-dimensional nature and organization of SCLC tumors has been largely neglected, although vigorously proliferating tumors may outgrow vessel supply and may show avascular tumor areas comprising hypoxic regions with resulting chemo- and radioresistance. Likewise, the importance of the growth of circulating tumor cells (CTC) as three-dimensional aggregates in metastasis and drug resistance has not been considered in the treatment of SCLC so far. Therefore, for this Special Issue on targeted therapy for SCLC, all kinds of new concepts, alternative druggable targets and, especially, means to reverse drug resistance at the multicellular level are invited.

Dr. Gerhard Hamilton
Guest Editor

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  • small cell lung cancer
  • targeted therapy
  • cell signaling inhibitors
  • kinase inhibitors
  • transcription modifiers
  • drug conjugates
  • biomarkers
  • spheroid
  • hypoxia

Published Papers

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