[Drug therapy for corneo-conjunctival neoplasm].

The goal of therapy for corneo-conjunctival neoplasm is lesion removal, with the most widespread procedure being complete tumor resection with or without associated chemotherapy lines. As this sort of procedure entails a high relapse rate (9-52%) the use of adjuvant therapies to reduce the occurence of relapse becomes a need. The administration of a number of topically administered drugs has been used for adjuvant therapy, including mitomycin C, 5-fluorouracil and interferon a 2b.
To determine the clinical experience published regarding the effectiveness of the various drug therapies for cor-neo-conjunctival neoplasm.
Information reported on this topic in the Medline database (1966-2004) was searched using corneo-conjunctival neoplasm, 5-fluorouracil, mitomycin C, and interferon ca2b as key words.
All papers quoting dosage for drugs used,treatment length, adverse effect development, and clinical response obtained were included.
Papers reporting the use of 5-fluorouracil re few when compared to those quoting other drugs, with a response rate of 88% and a relapse rate of 20%. The use of mitomycin C is widely described in the medical literature with a response rate of 90% and a relapse rate of 13%, but in association with the development of adverse effects in a high percentage of patients. Interferon ca 2b is the last drug to be incorporated in the treatment of these ocular lesions, with a response rate of 100% and a low incidence of adverse effects, with a relapse rate of 4%.
Mitomycin C is an effective drug, but its use is associated with a high number of adverse events, some of which may lead to therapy discontinuation. Interferon ct 2b has efficacy outcomes comparable to mitomycin C and a lower incidence of adverse effects, which are mostly mild in nature. The use of 5-fluorouracil is relegated to a second-tier status.
AuthorsA Murcia López, J Borrás Blasco, M C Alvarado Valero, A Navarro Ruiz, M González Delgado, J J Martínez Toldos
JournalFarmacia hospitalaria : órgano oficial de expresión científica de la Sociedad Española de Farmacia Hospitalaria (Farm Hosp) Vol. 29 Issue 2 Pg. 126-33 (Mar 2005) ISSN: 1130-6343 [Print] Spain
Vernacular TitleTratamiento farmacológico de la neoplasia corneal y conjuntival.
PMID16013935 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article, Review)
Chemical References
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents (therapeutic use)
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant (methods)
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Conjunctival Neoplasms (drug therapy)
  • Humans

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