Statement

 

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) supports the use of cytotoxic drugs in the treatment of neoplastic disease in companion animals where there is evidence that such agents have a beneficial effect on quality of life/survival. However, many of these drugs have toxic properties which must be taken into consideration when undertaking chemotherapy.

The following risks should be considered when using cytotoxic drugs:

  • Risk to animal receiving chemotherapy
  • Risk to owner of animal receiving chemotherapy
  • Risk to veterinary staff handling and administering drugs

Background information

Safe handling of cytotoxic drugs HSE

Further information

BSAVA Client information leaflets
BSAVA Medicines Guide - Cytotoxic section
BSAVA Small Animal Formulary – Safety and handling of chemotherapeutic agents
RCVS Guidance – 4.39 - 4.49

Provenance

Updated 2012

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