Different Types of Cancer and PDX Models

Treatments in clinical oncology trials have a high failure rate. It is a significant contributor to the high failure rate in clinical oncology studies due to our inadequate knowledge of complicated cancer biology and the absence of preclinical models that mimic tumor complexity. Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models are now widely used, enabling us to objectively assess the model’s capacity to simulate and research critical clinical scenarios. Tumor heterogeneity and clonal formation, tumor microenvironment contributions, medications, biomarkers discovery, and drug-resistance mechanisms are all possibilities.

The Different Types of Cancer

Clinical judgment and expertise are more important than clinical data in biomarker studies for predictive and prognostic malignancies in personalized cancer treatment. A list of various types of cancer is provided below.

Cancer of the Gallbladder

Biliary tumors are rare. However, they are very aggressive and have a terrible prognosis. In addition, their low prevalence hindered treatment trials. As a result, new gallbladder cancer pdx models are critical. Successful PDX models for biliary cancer may be used to guide future high-risk patient treatment.

Head and Neck

It is possible to imprint PDXs from head and neck cancer samples at various stages of the disease for clinical trials while keeping the genetic characteristics of the human donor. Furthermore, chemotherapy and radiation may be used to treat them, allowing for therapeutically beneficial research.

Endometrial Cancer 

Research for endometrial cancer molecular classification was recently completed, offering a method for enhancing EC categorization and optimizing patient treatment by combining histology findings with EC categorization. PDX models have been used in EC before, primarily as a customized tool for assessing the efficacy of novel therapies and identifying biomarkers for treatment response.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia 

AML Xenografts (PDX) are generally non-transferable and transitory. They have no side effects and do not result in death. Because PDX models of blood cancer are permanent, they may be utilized in clinical trials to investigate disease recurrence following treatment difficulties and the effectiveness of novel drugs in treating drug-resistant malignancies.

Cerebral Cancer

In recent decades, patient survival has improved in pediatric oncology, yet most children with malignant brain tumors have a dismal prognosis. Current pediatric brain cancer PDXs are created by xenografting fresh tissue, freshly acquired cell suspensions, or short-cropped neurospheres into immunosuppressed rats or mice.


Cholangiocarcinoma is a gallbladder cancer with a poor prognosis. This fatal disease necessitates highly personalized treatments. Biliary tumors are very uncommon. They are abrasive and have a poor prognosis. Their scarcity makes successful experimentation more difficult.

Prostate Cancer 

Prostate cancer is a complex, multifaceted disease that presents substantial challenges for drug development and research. Preclinical models such as patient-derived xenografts (PDX) must be used to assess medicines mainly targeted for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer PDXs, unfortunately, are difficult to come by.

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in young men aged 20–40, and it is on the rise worldwide. PDX models are often regarded as the most attractive approach for predicting medication efficacy before clinical trials. In addition, these models may potentially be used for mechanistic study and preclinical testing of novel therapies for testicular cancer.



PDX models remain the model of choice for preclinical research despite significant limitations in their ability to predict clinical outcomes. As a result, multi-institutional initiatives to create and disseminate these tools are ongoing to maximize the translation potential of necessary, well-annotated PDX materials. This study examines the present state of PDX models in detail and potential possibilities and difficulties for PDX development in the future. From understanding disease biology to developing treatment approaches, preclinical models are critical in translational cancer research.