Chemotherapy Drug Fact Sheets
I. TIPS FOR COPING WITH SIDE EFFECTS
It is important to know that everyone responds differently to treatment -- even if it is the same treatment. Side effects have NOTHING to do with whether or not chemotherapy or radiation therapy is working.
Most teens who have received chemotherapy/radiation therapy will tell you that while they were undergoing treatments, they felt tired, didn't have a lot of energy, and didn't feel like eating. That's OK and very normal. It is also very temporary. Side effects can occur at different points in your treatment cycle. For example, nausea, and vomiting are more immediate and usually occur during the actual treatment. Other side effects like low blood counts, and mouth sores tend to happen about a week or so after treatment when the effects of chemotherapy are the strongest in your body. Still other effects, such as tingling in hands and feet, can happen more slowly over time and treatment cycles. The majority of all of these side effects are temporary and you will feel like yourself again once treatment is over.
So, rest, take care of yourself, and use these tips to help make things easier!
II. DRUG FACT SHEETS
CARBOPLATIN (Paraplatin, CBDCA)
CARMUSTINE (BCNU, BiCNU)
CISPLATIN (Platinol, Cis-Platinum, CDDP)
CLADRIBINE (2-CdA, Leustatin)
CYTARABINE (Cytosar-U, ARA-C, Cytosine Arabinoside, DepoCyt)
DACTINOMYCIN (Actinomycin-D, Cosmegen)
DAUNORUBICIN (Daunomycin, Cerubidine)
ETOPOSIDE (VP16, VePesid, Etopophos)
FLUOROURACIL (5-FU, Efudex, 5-fluorouracil)
LOMUSTINE (CCNU, CeeNU)
MECHLORETHAMINE (Nitrogen Mustard, Mustargen)
MELPHALAN (Phenylalanine Mustard, L-Pam, Alkeran)
METHOTREXATE (Amethopterin, Rheumatrex, Trexall, MTX)
THIOTEPA (TSPA, Thioplex, TESPA)
VINBLASTINE (Velban, VLB)
ALL CHEMO FACTS SHEETS IN ONE
Note: All drug names are registered trademarks of their respective companies