Chemotherapy or cytotoxic medicine (1879)

Key points below

 What is Chemotherapy or Cytotoxic medicine?

What special care is needed?

Follow these directions during chemotherapy and for 48 hours after:

Make a spill kit that has the following:
o 2 pairs of disposable gloves.
o Paper towels or an absorbent towel that can be thrown away.
o Dish soap or laundry detergent.
o 2 plastic bags that seal (1 gallon size or larger).

Can family members have contact with my child during this time?

Yes. It is very important for your child to have contact with your family. Eating and playing together, hugging and kissing are all safe. This is a very important part of your child’s recovery. If a family member has signs of cold or flu symptoms, they should minimize contact with your child. 

How should these medicines be stored at home?

The label should have:
- Your child’s name. 
- The name of the medicine.
- The dose. 
- How it should be given.

Is it safe to put chemotherapy or cytotoxic agents in the trash?

No. These are hazardous waste. They need to be kept separate.

What happens in the hospital?

When your child is in the hospital, your nurse and caregivers will need to take safety measures. They will wear:


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.