Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 34, Supplement 1, pp S127–S133 | Cite as

Teniposide: overview of its therapeutic potential in adult cancers

  • Franco M. Muggia
Session 3: Clinical Trials and Applications Teniposide, Solid Tumors, Epipodophyllotoxin


Teniposide was introduced into clinical trials prior to etoposide, but its role was not defined because interest shifted early on to etoposide. However, long-term encouraging results obtained in acute leukemia treated with teniposide have rekindled interest in this compound. In addition to pharmacokinetic differences, teniposide has greater CNS penetrance and is more lipophilic. Its greater potency is related to enhanced intracellular uptake. Although its antitumor spectrum of activity appears to be very similar to that of etoposide, a search for some differences might prove instructive.

Key words

Teniposide Solid tumors Epipodophyllotoxin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco M. Muggia
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaNorris Cancer CenterLos AngelesUSA

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