Which medications in the drug class Antineoplastic agents are used in the treatment of Granulosa-Theca Cell Tumors?

Updated: Aug 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Starks, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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Antineoplastic agents

Adjunct chemotherapy for GCTs that are higher than stage Ia and for recurrent tumors.

Cisplatin (Platinol)

Inhibits DNA synthesis and, thus, cell proliferation by causing DNA crosslinks and denaturation of double helix. Platinum-based alkylating agent. Found in most currently prescribed regimens for ovarian sex cord–stromal tumors. Treatment should be delayed if leukocyte count is < 4000/µL or if platelet count is < 100,000/µL.

Vinblastine (Velban)

Plant-based vinca-alkaloid. Inhibits microtubule formation, which, in turn, disrupts the formation of mitotic spindle, causing cell proliferation to arrest at metaphase.

Bleomycin (Blenoxane)

Glycopeptide antibiotic that inhibits DNA synthesis.

Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)

Alkylating agent that inhibits tumor growth by binding to DNA. Limited use currently, but could be tried in second-line regimens.

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Antitumor antibiotic that works by irreversibly binding to DNA, thereby inhibiting transcription.

Actinomycin D (Dactinomycin, Cosmegen)

Antitumor antibiotic that is second-line treatment for ovarian germ cell tumors. Mechanism of action is through binding to guanine, thereby preventing DNA transcription.

5-Fluorouracil (Adrucil)

Cycle-specific antimetabolite that interferes with DNA synthesis by blocking methylation of deoxyuridylic acid. Used in various dosages in a variety of combination chemotherapy regimens.

Etoposide (VP-16, VePesid)

Plant-alkaloid derivative that exerts inhibitory activity at S-G2 phase of the cell cycle.

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