Drug Discov Ther. 2023;17(4):220-229. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2023.01013)

Drug resistance and new therapies in gallbladder cancer

Sun YX, Li XX, Cheng HH, Wang SH, Zhou D, Ding J, Ma F


Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is a highly aggressive malignancy, which poses significant challenges for timely diagnosis, resulting in a dismal prognosis. Chemotherapy serves as a primary treatment option in cases where surgery is not feasible. However, the emergence of chemoresistance poses a significant challenge to the effectiveness of chemotherapy, ultimately resulting in a poor prognosis. Despite extensive research on mechanisms of chemotherapeutic resistance in oncology, the underlying mechanisms of chemoresistance in GBC remain poorly understood. In this review, we present the findings from the last decade on the molecular mechanisms of chemotherapeutic resistance in GBC. We hope that these insights may provide novel therapeutic and experimental targets for further investigations into this lethal disease.

KEYWORDS: Gallbladder cancer, drug resistance, chemotherapy

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