Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 40, Issue 3–4, pp 101–108 | Cite as

Evaluation of Hypertension as a Marker of Bevacizumab Efficacy

  • Rebekah Ryanne WuEmail author
  • Peter A. Lindenberg
  • Rebecca Slack
  • Anne-Michelle Noone
  • John L. Marshall
  • Aiwu R. He
Original Research



Predictive factors for efficacy of vascular endothelial growth factor pathway-targeted therapies have not been identified or confirmed. Hypertension has been observed as a side effect to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. The goal of our study was to retrospectively assess if hypertension induced during treatment with bevacizumab was associated with clinical outcome in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with bevacizumab.

Patients and methods

We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients with colorectal cancer treated with bevacizumab at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2004 to 2008.


Eighty-four patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were eligible. Eighteen patients (21%) developed grades 3 hypertension. Twelve patients (14%) developed grade 2 hypertension. Six patients (7%) developed grade 1 hypertension. Median overall survival (OS) was 29 months and progression-free survival (PFS) was 10 months. Patients with any grade hypertension while on bevacizumab had an adjusted hazard ratio for death of 0.32 (p = 0.03) and adjusted risk of progression of 51% (p = 0.02) compared to those without hypertension (HTN). When stratified by metastatic disease, patients presenting with metastases who developed HTN had better OS and PFS (p = 0.03 and 0.01.) Among patients without metastases at diagnosis, those with HTN on bevacizumab had better OS and PFS but results were not statistically significant (p = 0.60 and 0.62, respectively).


Our data indicate that bevacizumab-induced hypertension may represent an interesting prognostic factor for clinical outcome in advanced colorectal cancer patients receiving bevacizumab.


bevacizumab colorectal cancer hypertension 


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© Humana Press Inc. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebekah Ryanne Wu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peter A. Lindenberg
    • 2
  • Rebecca Slack
    • 3
  • Anne-Michelle Noone
    • 3
  • John L. Marshall
    • 4
  • Aiwu R. He
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineGeorgetown University HospitalWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of OncologyWalter Reed Army HospitalWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown UniversityGeorgetownUSA
  4. 4.Department of Medicine and Oncology Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown UniversityGeorgetownUSA

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