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List of chemotherapeutic agents

This is a list of chemotherapeutic agents (also known as cytotoxic agents) that are known to be of use in chemotherapy for cancer. This list is organized by type of agent, although the subsections are not necessarily definitive and are subject to revision. Each drug is listed once (at present), though it might fall in more than one subsection. A full alphabetical listing is included after the categorical listing.

The agents in this list are often combined into chemotherapy agent for polychemotherapy (combination chemotherapy). For example, the CHOP regimen consists of cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin (doxorubicin), vincristine (Oncovin), and prednisone.

Besides chemotherapy, medical oncology (pharmacotherapy for cancer) includes several noncytotoxic classes of therapy, such as hormonal therapy and targeted therapy (biologic therapy). Those agents are described in the relevant articles.

Alkylating agentsEdit


Cytoskeletal disruptors (taxanes)Edit


Histone deacetylase inhibitorsEdit

Inhibitors of topoisomerase IEdit

Inhibitors of topoisomerase IIEdit

Kinase inhibitorsEdit

Nucleotide analogs and precursor analogsEdit

Peptide antibioticsEdit

Platinum-based agentsEdit


Vinca alkaloids and derivativesEdit

Full alphabetical listingEdit

Comprehensive tableEdit