Main drugs used in cancer treatment

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 2,756 views

The most widely used anticancer agents in cancer treatment include polyfunctional alkylating, antimetabolites, antitumor antibiotics, mitotic inhibitors and others. New drugs are continuously being isolated and applied experimentally in animal models before use in humans.

Resistance to chemotherapeutic

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 3,379 views

The biggest failure of anticancer chemotherapy is due to drug resistance. This resistance occurs because the cell populations or develop new encoding gene (mutation) or because they are encouraged to develop cell types resistant to being exposed to drugs, allowing them to engage in alternative pathways through the synthesis of ...

Criteria for application of chemotherapy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 1,703 views

To avoid the toxic effects of chemotherapy and intolerable that they endanger the lives of patients, are obeyed criteria for the indication of chemotherapy. These criteria are varied and depend on the patient's clinical conditions and drugs selected for treatment. Below are listed some requirements ideal for the application of ...

Toxicity of chemotherapeutic

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 1,976 views

Chemotherapeutic agents do not act exclusively on tumor cells. The normal structures that renew themselves constantly, as bone marrow, hair and mucosa of the gut are also affected by the action of chemotherapy. However, because normal cells have an expected recovery time, unlike the anaplastic cells, it is possible that chemotherapy ...

What is Chemotherapy?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 14,573 views

Chemotherapy, in its most general sense, refers to treatment of disease by chemicals that kill cells, specifically those of micro-organisms or cancer. In other words: Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. In popular usage, it usually refers to anti-neoplastic ...