Use of Camptothecins in the Treatment of Leukemia and Related Disorders

  • Benjamin M. F. Mow
  • Scott H. Kaufmann
Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)


Even though current therapy is capable of inducing remissions in 60–80% of adults with acute leukemia (1,2), the vast majority of patients are not cured (3, 4, 5). This is particularly true for the elderly, who account for the majority of cases of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) (6,7). Because of unrelated medical problems, as well as a higher incidence of certain resistance mechanisms (e.g., overexpression of the mdr1 multidrug transporter), eradicating AML in these patients has been particularly problematic (8,9). These clinical observations highlight the need for new agents to treat AML.


Acute Myeloid Leukemia Clin Oncol Maximum Tolerate Dose Acute Leukemia Acute Myelogenous Leukemia 
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  • Benjamin M. F. Mow
    • 1
  • Scott H. Kaufmann
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Hematology/OncologyNational University HospitalSingapore
  2. 2.Division of Hematology, Department of Internal MedicineMayo ClinicRochester
  3. 3.Division of Hematology, Department of OncologyMayo ClinicRochester

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