Background: Osteosarcoma is a recalcitrant disease treated with surgery and intensive chemotherapy as standard. The 5-year survival rate of patients with relapsed and lung metastatic osteosarcoma is as low as 20%. Materials and Methods: A 16-year-old patient developed left distal femoral high-grade osteosarcoma and underwent cisplatinum-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery. From the resected tumor, a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) model was established in the femur of nude mice. PDOX models were randomized into the following groups: untreated control, or treatment with doxorubicin (3 mg/kg, i.p., weekly for 14 days), sunitinib (40 mg/kg, oral gavage, daily for 14 days), pazopanib (100 mg/kg, oral gavage, daily for 14 days), temozolomide(25 mg/kg, oral gavage, daily for 14 days), and eribulin (1.5 mg/kg, i.p., daily for 14 days). Tumor volume and body weight were monitored twice a week. Results: The osteosarcoma PDOX was resistant to doxorubicin, sunitinib, and pazopanib. In contrast, eribulin and temozolomide arrested tumor growth. Conclusion: This study demonstrated the utility of the PDOX model in allowing effective from non-effective drugs to be distinguished in a model in which the tumor was growing on the organ corresponding to that of the patient.
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