Encyclopedia of Cancer

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Oncogene Addiction

  • Andrew K. Joe
  • I. Bernard Weinstein
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4222-2



Oncogene addiction describes the phenomenon in which some cancers that contain multiple genetic, epigenetic, and chromosomal abnormalities remain dependent on (addicted to) one or a few genes for both maintenance of the malignant phenotype and cell survival.


Multistage Carcinogenesis and Oncogene Addiction

There has been considerable progress in the systemic treatment of cancer due to the rapid development and clinical application of molecular targeted agents ( Molecular Therapy). Although patients with a particular type and stage of cancer are often treated as a single group, more specific therapy is being considered, as subsets of patients who are more likely to benefit from treatment with particular agents are being identified. It is now an axiom in oncology that human cancers often evolve through a multistage process that extends over a period of decades. The marked increase in molecular biology studies has revealed that this...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineHerbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA