Chapter 26

Prevention and Treatment of Regimen-Related Mucosal Toxicity

Joanne M. Bowen

Abstract

<p>Current standard treatments for cancer are associated with major doselimiting toxic effects on healthy tissue. The mucosal layers of the body are particularly sensitive to regimen-induced damage, with patients suffering many unpleasant and potentially life-threatening side-effects. In recent years, there has been an increase in the understanding of the pathobiology of regimen-related mucosal injury which has lead to a number of exciting inventions for its prevention and treatment being recently patented. Agents such as growth factors, cytokines, receptor agonists/antagonists and anti-inflammatory agents are among those in development in this emerging field. The complexity of mucosal injury poses a challenge for researchers, however, rational targeting of intervention strategies to critical mechanisms will lead to further progress.</p>

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