Admixtures of Chemotherapy Agents by Continuous Infusion

  • Jacob J. Lokich
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The application of multiple drugs or combination chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer has become standard practice since its introduction in the 1960s for the treatment of first testicular cancer and subsequently leukemias and Hodgkin’s disease. Today chemotherapy for malignancies virtually always entails the application of multiple agents, either simultaneously or in some planned sequence. The rationale for combination chemotherapy is based upon the concept of affecting multiple metabolic sites within the tumor cell or multiple points during the tumor cell cycle. At a practical level, the use of non-cross-resistant agents without overlapping toxicity maximizes the effectiveness of such combinations. Recent conceptual advances in the application of cancer chemotherapy have introduced the concept of alternating non-cross-resistant agents applied intensively on a weekly basis. Another conceptual development has been the application of biochemical modulation utilizing a noncytotoxic enhancing agent in conjunction with a primary cytotoxic drug.


Dose Rate Testicular Cancer Multiple Agent Infusion Chemotherapy Biochemical Modulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob J. Lokich
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  1. 1.New England Baptist HospitalBoston Cancer CenterBostonUSA

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