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  • 1. Chemotherapy of Head and Neck Cancer
  • 2. INDIAN DENTAL ACADEMY Leader in continuing dental education
  • 3. Introduction 500,000 new cases of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck worldwide per year; 40,00 new cases per year in the United States Despite continuing improvements in diagnosis, local management and chemotherapy, there has been no significant increase in survival rates over the past 30 years
  • 4. Chemotherapeutic Agents Alkylating agents Antimetabolites Antitumor Antibiotics Alkaloids Taxanes
  • 5. Alkylating Agents Interact with DNA causing substitution reactions, cross-linking reactions or strand breaks Example: cisplatin
  • 6. Antimetabolites Cytotoxic effects via similarity in structure or function to naturally occurring metabolites involved in nucleic acid synthesis—either inhibit enzymes involved in nucleic acid synthesis or produce incorrect codes Example: methotrexate
  • 7. Antitumor Antibiotics Group of related antimicrobial compounds produced by Streptomyces species in culture Affect structure and function of nucleic acids by: intercalation between base pairs (doxorubicin), DNA strand fragmentation (bleomycin), or cross-linking DNA (mitomycin)
  • 8. Alkaloids Bind free tubulin dimers thereby disrupting balance between microtubule polymerization and depolymerization resulting in arrest of cells in metaphase Examples: vincristine, vinblastine
  • 9. Taxanes Disrupt equilibrium between free tubulin and microtubules causing stabilization of cytoplasmic microtubules and formation of abnormal bundles of microtubules. Examples: paclitaxel and docetaxel
  • 10. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Use of chemotherapy prior to definitive surgery or radiation therapy Intent is to improve both local and distant control of disease in order to provide greater organ preservation and overall survival Chemotherapy in neoadjuvant setting benefits from drug delivery to a tumor with vasculature not damaged by surgery or radiation
  • 11. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Standard induction chemotherapy is 5fluorouracil and cisplatin Response rate between 68 and 93 percent; complete response as high as 54 percent Must be followed by definitive surgery or radiation No survival advantage even given decreased likelihood of distant metastases
  • 12. Neoadjuvant Therapy and Organ Preservation Two large randomized, controlled trials have compared primary surgical management with a laryngeal preservation approach of induction chemotherapy followed by radiation Survival comparable between groups; ½2/3 patients in the chemotherapy plus radiation group retained larynx
  • 13. Concomitant Chemoradiotherapy Simultaneous use of chemotherapeutic agent and radiation therapy Intent is systemic control through elimination of micro-metastases and improved local control based on the concepts of additivity and synergy
  • 14. Adjuvant Chemotherapy Chemotherapeutic agents administered after definitive treatment with radiation or chemotherapy The few studies that have been done failed to demonstrate any survival benefit
  • 15. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Standard primary treatment is radiation therapy Several studies show increased survival rates with concurrent cisplatin and radiation Further survival benefits shown when this regimen followed by cisplatin and 5fluorouracil
  • 16. Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor EGFR overexpression in many human cancers including HNSCC EGFR blocking agents include anti-EGFR antibodies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors IM-C225 is a monoclonal antibody targeting EGFR; combined with cisplatin has shown efficacy against HNSCC
  • 17. RAS Farnesyl transferase inhibitors: class of compounds that inhibit a critical step in the expression of the mutated ras genes Farnesyl transferase inhibitors have been shown to decrease oral cavity tumor bulk; combined with paclitaxel it has shown cytotoxic effects for head and neck cancer cell lines
  • 18. p53 Mutations of p53 occur in 45-70% of HNSCC Ad-p53: adenovirus containing wild-type p53 gene Preliminary studies of AD-p53 in patients with advanced recurrent HNSCC showed promising results
  • 19. Chemoprevention One of the main reasons for treatment failure in early stage HNSCC is development of a second primary Chemoprevention: the process of field cancerization can be interrupted or reversed through the use of natural or synthetic agents
  • 20. Retinoids Retinoids have been shown to cause regression or stabilization of leukoplakia Recent use of 13-cis retinoic acid in patients curatively treated for HNSCC showed that second primary tumors developed in only 4% of patients treated with 13-cis retinoic acid compared with 24% of controls at 32 months
  • 21. COX-2 inhibitors Increased levels of COX-2 are found in oral leukoplakia and SCC as well as normal appearing mucosa adjacent to HNSCC Sulindac, an NSAID and celecoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor have been shown to reduce the number of colorectal polyps in patients with FAP
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  • 23. Leader in continuing dental education