Which medications in the drug class Antineoplastics, Anthracycline are used in the treatment of Urothelial Tumors of the Renal Pelvis and Ureters?

Updated: Aug 07, 2020
  • Author: Kyle A Richards, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Antineoplastics, Anthracycline

Anthracyclines inhibit DNA and RNA synthesis by steric obstruction. They intercalate between DNA base pairs and trigger DNA cleavage by topoisomerase II.


Doxorubicin is an anthracycline antineoplastic that causes DNA strand breakage through effects on topoisomerase II and direct intercalation into DNA, which causes DNA polymerase inhibition. It used as a treatment for urothelial carcinoma in the MVAC regimen.

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