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Current Drug Metabolism


ISSN (Print): 1389-2002
ISSN (Online): 1875-5453

Pharmacodynamics of High-Dose Chemotherapy

Author(s): Yago Netio

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2001

Page: [53 - 66] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/1389200013338720

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There is usually considerable variability in anticancer drug plasma levels when delivered at high doses requiring stem-cell support. Given their narrow therapeutic windows and wide interpatient pharmacokinetic variability, drug monitoring and pharmacokinetic-directed dosing represent an attractive strategy in this setting. A major previous requirement to successful application of therapeutic drug monitoring is identification of a significant and clinically meaningful pharmacodynamic correlation between a pharmacokinetic parameter and a toxic or therapeutic outcome, or preferably, both. In this review, we will analyze the current knowledge of identified pharmacodynamic correlations in high-dose chemotherapy. We will summarize the observations from other authors and our own, on drugs employed at high doses, such as cyclophosphamide, melphalan, busulfan, carmustine, paclitaxel, or docetaxel.

Keywords: Pharmacodynamics High-Dose Chemotherapy, anticancer drug plasma levels, cyclophosphamide, melphalan, busulfan, carmustine, paclitaxel, docetaxel

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