Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families, Caregivers, and the Environment
Cytotoxic drug dangers: it sounds counter-intuitive, but the very drugs that are used to save the lives of chemotherapy patients can seriously hurt their loved ones.
Babies, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable, due to the DNA-damaging effect of cytotoxic drugs on rapidly dividing cells.
Even low levels of exposure to cytotoxic drugs can cause cancer as well as birth defects. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns:
How Is This Possible?
Hundreds of drugs are used to fight cancer. The most powerful are cytotoxic. It is a well-documented fact that cytotoxic drugs present serious health hazards and “have been known to cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, allergic reactions, and other adverse effects that can be irreversible even after low-level exposures.”
Cytotoxic chemo drugs are designed to cure cancer by damaging DNA and killing the cancer cells. One big problem is they also damage the DNA of healthy cells, producing common side effects such as hair loss. Read more…
This is a well-documented and long-established fact.
It is the reason that hospitals and chemotherapy treatment centers go to great lengths to protect employees from the risk of accidental exposure to cytotoxic drugs.
In fact, extensive safety precautions are used by everyone involved with cytotoxins: from manufacturers and pharmacists to nurses and cleaning staff.
Yet still, the danger exists. Read more…
Protect Your Family and Caregivers.
It is surprisingly simple to protect loved ones, caregivers and our public water supply.
Patients can avoid serious, irreversible consequences by using a Cytotoxic Safety System and modeling hospital safety precautions, effectively keeping these dangerous chemicals out of their home and the environment. Read more…
Protecting the public water supply is also a critical concern because certain chemotherapy drugs cannot be removed by wastewater treatment or water purifications.
A Preventable Tragedy
Four year old Adam Culliver died suddenly of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia on January 20, 2003.
The most shocking and disturbing fact in this tragedy is that Adam’s parents were not informed of the serious health risks to Adam, then a healthy 1-year old baby, when they began caring for a live-in relative undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Read more…
Learn the Facts About Chemo Drugs
Leading cancer and health organizations warn of chemo drug dangers.
Over the last 30 years various reports, guidelines and facts sheets have been produced and updated regarding the dangers of cytotoxic drugs and waste.
American Cancer Society
World Health Organization
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
Barnstable County Board of Health, Massachusetts
Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment
Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 40, No. 23
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Vol. 28, No. 12
University of Minnesota
The Washington Post