Electrochemotherapy as First Line Cancer Treatment: Experiences from Veterinary Medicine in Developing Novel Protocols

Author(s): E. P. Spugnini, T. Azzarito, S. Fais, M. Fanciulli, A. Baldi

Journal Name: Current Cancer Drug Targets

Volume 16 , Issue 1 , 2016

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Tumor microenvironment is one of the major obstacles to the efficacy of chemotherapy in cancer patients. The abnormal blood flow within the tumor results in uneven drug distribution. Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a tumor treatment that adopts the systemic or local delivery of anticancer drugs with the application of permeabilizing electric pulses having appropriate amplitude and waveforms. This allows the use of lipophobic drugs that frequently have a narrow therapeutic index maintaining at the same time a reduced patient morbidity and preserving appropriate anticancer efficacy. Its use in humans is addressed to the treatment of cutaneous neoplasms or the palliation of skin tumor metastases, and a standard operating procedure has been devised. On the other hand, in veterinary oncology this approach is gaining popularity, thus becoming a first line treatment for different cancer histotypes, in a variety of clinical conditions due to its high efficacy and low toxicity. This review summarizes the state of the art in veterinary oncology as a preclinical model and reports the new protocols in terms of drugs and therapy combination that have been developed.

Keywords: Adjuvant, bleomycin, cisplatin, electroporation, neoadjuvant, pets, therapeutic index.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 18 December, 2015
Page: [43 - 52]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/156800961601151218155340

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