Which medications in the drug class Antineoplastic Agent, Alkylating Agent are used in the treatment of Colon Cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Antineoplastic Agent, Alkylating Agent

Oxaliplatin is a platinum analog.


Third-generation platinum-based antineoplastic agent used in combination with an infusion of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer in patients with recurrence or progression following initial treatment with irinotecan, 5-FU, and leucovorin. Also indicated for previously untreated advanced colorectal cancer in combination with 5-FU and leucovorin. Covalently binds to DNA with preferential binding to the N-7 position of guanine and adenine. DNA mismatch repair enzymes are unable to recognize oxaliplatin-DNA adducts in contrast with other platinum-DNA adducts as a result of their bulkier size. Forms interstrand and intrastrand Pt-DNA crosslinks that inhibit DNA replication and transcription. Cytotoxicity is cell-cycle nonspecific with activity in all phases of the cell cycle.

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