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Anti-Cancer Drugs

Cancer is a disease that is characterized by irregular and uncontrolled growth of cells. These Cancerous cells can extend to other parts of the body via blood and lymph systems.

Anti-cancer drugs aim to inhibit the increasing cancerous cells and hamper their maturation and propagation. They are also known as anti-neoplastic agents. Anti-cancer drugs are used to treat all forms and stages of cancer.

General principle of chemotherapy for cancer treatment:

Chemotherapy of cancer is aimed towards the seize of metabolic sites crucial for cell duplication, e.g. accessibility of purine and pyrimidines precursor for DNA and RNA production. DNA and RNA are nucleic acids. DNA is the reservoir of the genetic material of a cell whereas RNA regulates the synthesis of proteins.

Types of Anticancer Drugs:

1. Alkylating Agents-

  1. Nitrogen mustards: Cyclophosphamide, nitrosoureas

  2. Alkylsulfonates: Busulfan

  3. Platinum Coordination complexes: Cisplatin, oxaliplatin

2. Antimetabolites

  1. Folate Antagonists: Methotrexate

  2. Purine antagonists: Mercaptopurine, thioguanine

  3. Pyrimidine antagonists: 5-Fluorouracil, cytarabine, gemcitrabine

3. Antibiotics

Doxorubicin, daunorubicin, mitoxantrone, bleomycin, actinomycin-D, mitomycin

4. Natural Products

a. Plant Products

Vincristine, Vinblastine, Vinorelbine, Paclitaxel, Docetaxel, Etoposide, Irinotecan

b. Microorganism Products

Doxorubicin, Bleomycin, L-Asparaginase

5. Steroid Hormones & Antagonists

Prednisone, Dexamethasone, Ethinyloestradiol, Anastrazole, Testosterone propionate, Tamoxifen, Leuprolide, Buserelin

6. Miscellaneous

Trastuzumab, alemtuzumab, britumomab, Bevacizumab, Imatinib, mesylate, geftinib, Rituximab, Zoledronic Acid, Leucovorin, Pamidronate

Drugs that are available at our online pharmacy are Exmestane (Xtane, Aromasin), Temodar (temozolomide), Nolvadex (Tamoxifen), Iressa (Geftinib), Arimidex, Cytarabine, Femara.

  • Temodar



  • Nolvadex



  • Iressa




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