Cancer Pharmacology

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Chapter 29

Cancer Pharmacology

Summary of Key Points

• Cancer pharmacology encompasses the spectrum of therapeutic issues from everyday clinical treatment to the earliest stages of new drug discovery.

• The number of drugs approved for treating patients with cancer is rapidly rising.

• The era of oral drugs for cancer treatment is well underway.

• Drug actions, both desired anticancer effects and unfortunate adverse effects, are informed by the discipline of pharmacodynamics, which includes efforts to customize treatment for the specific tumor pathways in patients with cancer.

• Drug delivery issues, including selection and adjustment of doses, routes, and schedules of administration, are addressed by the discipline of pharmacokinetics.

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