Drugs and Phytochemicals

  • Madhumita Roy
  • Amitava Datta


Plant-derived substances, or phytochemicals, have been used for treating many diseases from ancient times. In this chapter we give a broad overview of the phytochemicals that are used as drugs, with a focus on the drugs that are used in chemotherapy. We start with a classification of anticancer drugs and their use in chemotherapy. We then discuss the mechanisms through which these drugs kill cancer cells. We then give an overview of how phytochemicals are used for treating many different diseases. Finally, we discuss the use of phytochemicals that have shown promise as anticancer drugs and agents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhumita Roy
    • 1
  • Amitava Datta
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Carcinogenesis and ToxicologyChittaranjan National Cancer InstituteKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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