An anticancer agent that acts on tumor stem cells when they are traversing the cell cycle and when they are in the resting phase
Cell cycle-specific drugs (CCS)
An anticancer agent that acts selectively on tumor stem cells when they are traversing the cell cycle and not when they are in the G-0 or resting phase
The proportion of cells in a tumor population that are actively dividing
A concept used in cancer chemotherapy to
mean that anticancer drugs kill a fixed proportion of a tumor cell population, not a fixed number of tumor cells.
For example, a 1-log-kill will decrease a tumor cell population by one order of
•i.e. 90% of the cells will be eradicated
A condition in which bone marrow activity is decreased, resulting in fewer red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Myelosuppression is a side effect of some cancer treatments. When myelosuppression is severe, it is called myeloablation.
Oncogenes are genes that are responsible for the conversion of normal cells into cancer cells.
The administration of endogenous metabolites to counteract the effects of anti-cancer drugs on normal cells. A strategy for ameliorating the toxic effects of anticancer drugs.
For example, high doses of methotrexate are given for 36-48 hours,
–Leucovorin (tetrahydrofolate) which is accumulated preferentially by normal cells is then administered,
–This results in the rescue of normal cells since leucovorin bypasses the dihydrofolate reductase step of folate synthesis.
What is a Vesicant?
A blister agent, or vesicant, is a chemical compound that causes severe skin, eye and mucosal pain and irritation. They are named for their ability to cause severe chemical burns, resulting in painful water blisters on the bodies of those affected
Vesicants cause blistering and other tissue injury that may be severe and can lead to tissue necrosis (tissue death).
What does the word Neoplasia mean?
Another term for neoplasm?
___________ tumors are characterized by local invasion and distant metastasis.
What are the characteristics of cell neoplasia?
Cells that have undergone malignant
transformation express signs of immaturity such as the expression of fetal antigens.
They may show chromosomal abnormalities
They may have altered metabolic pathways
3 reasons for the "genesis" of cancer cells?
1 one or more mutations in its DNA which can be inherited or acquired
2 Activation of proto-oncogenes to oncogenes
3 Inactivation of tumor suppressor genes
What is Dedifferentiation?
The multiplication of normal cells involves division of the stem cells in a particular tissue to give rise to daughter cells.
These daughter cells differentiate to become mature cells.
Cancer cells show a reverse process
What are the characteristics of cancer cells?
• Uncontrolled proliferation
• The ability to metastasize
• Cancer cells and normal cells are so similar in many respects that it is difficult to find areas of selective toxicity
Metastases are secondary tumors that are released from the primary tumor
What is the principle cause of of morbidity and mortality in cancer?
A __________ is any physical, chemical, or biological factor that causes or promotes cancer.
Name 3 things considered to be carcinogenic.
_______________ genes are genes that
inhibit the transformation of normal cells into malignant cells.
Damage to the _________________ gene is associated with cancers of the breast, lung, brain, colon, and bone.
p53 tumor suppressor
Cancer chemotherapy is based on the principle of __________________.
CCNS drug OR CCS drug?
ALKYLATING AGENTS - MOA
They form reactive molecular species that alkylate nucleophillic groups on DNA bases, particularly the N-7 position of guanine.
–This leads to cross-linking of bases, abnormal base pairing, and strand breakage.
Name six ALKYLATING AGENTS.
How does tumor resistance to Alkylating Agents occur?
Tumor resistance to these drugs occurs through:
- increased DNA repair,
- decreased drug permeability,
- or the production of trapping agents such as thiols.
Thiols contain a _____________ and are very nucleophillic.
Cyclophosphamide - Clinical uses
breast and ovarian cancer,
Cyclophosphamide – pharmacokinetics
Hepatic transformation is needed for antitumor activity.
Cyclophosphamide - Toxicity
What is SIADH?
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone secretion is characterized by excessive release of antidiuretic hormone from the posterior pituitary gland or another source.
What are the symptoms of SIADH??
hyponatremia as a result of an excess of water rather than a deficiency of sodium.
Carmustine (BCNU)– pharmacokinetics
High lipophilicity that facilitates CNS entry,
Carmustine (BCNU) – Clinical use
Carmustine (BCNU) –Toxicity
Name 3 Nonclassic Alkylating Agents?
Procarbazine -Clinical use
Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’slymphoma,
Procarbazine - MOA
Forms a metabolic that is an MAO inhibitor
Procarbazine - Side effects / Risks
Higher risk of secondary cancer (acute leukemia) than with other alkylating agents.
Dacarbazine - clinical use
Dacarbazine - Dose limiting toxicity?
Dacarbazine - Adverse effect
It is a potent vesicant
Bendamustine- clinical use
Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,
and breast cancer
Bendamustine - side effects
Has only partial cross resistance with other alkylating agents.
Name the 3 Platinum Analogs.
Another name for Cisplatin?
Cisplatin - Clinical uses
head and neck cancers
Cisplatin – Toxicity
(peripheral neuropathy and acoustic nerve),
Cisplatin – Pharmacokinetics
widely distributed and cleared,
unchanged by the kidneys
•Second generation platinum analog
•Less renal and GI toxicity than Cisplatin
•Does not require pretreatment hydration
and is therefore less cumbersome to administer
•Third generation platinum analog
•No cross resistance with Cisplatin and Carboplatin
Oxaliplatin - Clinical use
•Useful for colorectal cancer
Oxaliplatin - Toxicity
•Neurotoxicity is the primary dose-limiting toxicity.
The Antimetabolites are structurally similar to __________________.
ANTIMETABOLITES - Antagonist of what?
- folic acid(methotrexate),
- purines (mercaptopurine),
- or pyrimidines (fluorouracil).
ANTIMETABOLITES They are CCS drugs acting primarily in
which phase of cell growth?
the S phase
ANTIMETABOLITES - How do they react with the immune system?
They have immunosuppressant actions
Name four ANTIMETABOLITES. One of them is a prodrug
Capecitabine (prodrug of 5-FU)
Methotrexate – Pharmacokinetics
Both oral and IV administration afford good tissue distribution except to the CNS.
Excreted unchanged by the kidneys.
Adequate hydration is required to prevent crystallization in renal tubules
Methotrexate - MOA
•Substrate for and inhibitor of dihydrofolate reductase.
•This interferes with nucleic acid and protein synthesis.
•Tumor cell resistance mechanisms include decreased drug accumulation, changes in dihydrofolate reductase, increased formation of dihydrofolate reductase, and
decreased formation of cytotoxic metabolites of methotrexate
Methotrexate - –Clinical use
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia,
head and neck cancer,
and it is also used as an abortifacient
Mercaptopurine (6-MP) - MOA
Purine antimetabolite which is activated by hypoxanthine-guanine phospho-ribosyltranferase (HGPRTase) to toxic nucleotides that inhibit several enzymes involved in purine metabolism.
Mercaptopurine (6-MP) - Resistance
decreased activity of HGPRTase,
or increased inactivation of the toxic nucleotide
Mercaptopurine (6-MP) – Pharmacokinetics
Low oral bioavailability due to first passmetabolism.
The metabolism of mercaptopurine is inhibited by allopurinol.
Mercaptopurine (6-MP) - Clinical use
Childhood acute leukemia
Mercaptopurine (6-MP) – Toxicity
Bone marrow suppression,
and hepatic dysfunction
Fluorouracil (5-FU) - MOA
Transformed to 5-FdUMP which inhibits thymidylate synthase and leads to “thymineless” death of cells.
Fluorouracil (5-FU) – Resistance
Decreased activation of 5-FU,
increased thymidylate synthase activity,
and reduced drug sensitivity of this enzyme
Fluorouracil (5-FU) – Pharmacokinetics
widely distributed including the CSF,
Elimination is by metabolism.
Fluorouracil (5-FU) - Clinical use
topically used for skin cancer
Fluorouracil (5-FU) – Toxicity
A prodrug which is ultimately converted to 5-FU inside the cell.
Less toxic than IV 5-FU
Capecitabine - Clinical use
Widely used in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
Capecitabine - Toxicity
What is hand-foot syndrome?
hand-foot syndrome – swelling, redness, and pain of hands and feet