Drugs affecting growth of tumours by Herbert M. Pinedo, Carolien H. Smorenburg

By Herbert M. Pinedo, Carolien H. Smorenburg

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In pediatric oncology the problem of anthracycline cardiotoxicity is even greater than in adults because nearly all childhood cancers are treated with DOX or DNR-including regimens and two-thirds of children with cancer achieve long-term survival, which means they will experience such toxicity during their lifetime. In a recently published paper reporting results from a prospective longitudinal study, first significant changes of the end-systolic wall stress (ESWS) from cumulative DOX/DNR doses of >250 mg/m2 were described.

The unique cardiac toxicity, which is mainly due to free radical attack [31] of anthracyclines, can be explained by lower levels of catalase, high levels of flavin-centered reductases that activate the drug and by low levels of glutathione peroxidase. Taken together, cardiac tissue does not have sufficient defense systems to repel a free radical attack induced by anthracyclines. The hydroxyquinone structure of the anthracyclines represents a site for chelation DNA-intercalators – the anthracyclines 27 of many metal irons, especially ferric iron.

Up to now it has not been possible to derive universally applicable schemes for DOX dosage reduction in patients with liver impairment and it is a matter of clinical experience for correctly scheduling DOX in patients with liver impairment. For EPI, similar results were observed. In patients with moderate-to-severe hepatic impairment reduced plasma clearance with elevated systemic drug concentration have been described. The clearance was reduced by 60%, but the elimination halflives were not different [69].

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