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Adriamycin Metabolism in Man

  • Nicholas R. Bachur


Over the past eight years, adriamycin, the outstanding representative of the anthracycline antibiotics, has demonstrated a remarkable activity against human and animal malignancies (1,2). Whereas adriamycin’s sibling, daunorubicin, has been impressive for remission induction in acute myelogenous and acute lymphocytic leukemias, adriamycin has a wider spectrum of activity and is useful against solid tumors. Clinical investigators in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa find adriamycin has anticancer activity against soft tissue sarcomas, breast cancer, lung cancer, hepatomas, lymphomas, acute leukemias, etc. Against some malignancies, adriamycin has no useful pharmacologic activity. Complicating the usage of both adriamycin and daunorubicin are the toxic effects: myelosuppression, stomatitis, nausea, vomiting, alopecia, electrocardiographic changes, and a serious cumulative dosage related myocardiopathy.


Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Soft Tissue Sarcoma Acute Leukemia Amino Sugar Human Bile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas R. Bachur
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  1. 1.Baltimore Cancer Research CenterNCIBaltimoreUSA

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