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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

For Patients & Families
Treatment

Chemotherapy Drugs

The chemotherapies that are prescribed have been very carefully planned as part of a protocol. A protocol is a precisely timed and organized approach to the treatment of your disease. Before your treatment begins, you will be asked to sign an informed consent that reviews your protocol. This assures that you have been given all the important information including the risks and benefits of your treatment.

Chemotherapy is an important part of your treatment and will consist of one or more different types of medications depending on the type of disease you have. The chemotherapy is given on a special schedule that is thought to be best for killing your cancer cells and yet minimally harming your body. Your doctor will discuss with you what days you will receive chemotherapy, the type of chemotherapy and how you should expect to feel. These medications will be given to you intravenously or in capsule form to be taken by mouth.

Below is a list of chemotherapy agents that are used in our protocols. You may also refer to the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual© for a complete guide on chemotherapy agents. Note that the list below is not exhaustive. The drugs you will receive will depend on your protocol. Your BMT doctor and clinical pharmacist will discuss these in detail with you.

 

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this site is intended to provide general information. In many cases the treatment of individual patients may differ from that described. At all times patients should rely on the advice of their physician, who is the only person with full information about their diagnosis and medical history.

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