Adriamycin cardiotoxicity amelioration by α-tocopherol

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Adriamycin has become a potent member of the cancer chemotherapeutic program. However, the full utilization of adriamycin is limited by its cardiotoxicity. In experimental animals, α-tocopherol has been shown by some to ameliorate or prevent cardiac dysfunction without impairing antitumor effectiveness. During adriamycin therapy, future clinical research should consist of biochemical measurements of vitamin E in plasma, lipoperoxidation in red cells and platelets, while cardiac status is being monitored. Replacement with vitamin E, if there are parameters to indicate deficiency, should be considered as one method of ameliorating toxicity.

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