Analysis of combination anti-angiogenesis therapy on markers of coagulation, platelet activation and angiogenesis in patients with advanced cancer.
Caine GJ., Harris AL., Christodoulos K., Lip GYH., Blann AD.
The effects of combination anti-angiogenesis therapy (marimastat, captopril and fragmin) on plasma levels of coagulation initiator tissue factor (TF), platelet marker soluble P-selectin and angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were tested in 25 patients with advanced cancer. They had higher soluble P-selectin (P<0.001) and TF (P<0.001), but not VEGF (P=0.066) than 25 age and sex-matched controls. VEGF and TF correlated significantly (r=0.8, P<0.001) in cancer patients. Soluble P-selectin, TF and VEGF did not change at 4- and 8-weeks whilst on treatment. We provide further evidence linking coagulation and angiogenesis but combination anti-angiogenesis therapy does not influence plasma soluble P-selectin, TF or VEGF.