The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), National
Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have collaborated in gathering
information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from
information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the
possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should
not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does
not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume
no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with
respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual
consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a
qualified healthcare professional.
Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of
concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to
patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding
or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing
inquiries to Contact@NCODA.org.
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SAFE HANDLING OF ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION How should I handle my drug before I take it? ɋ Wash your hands before and after touching the drug. ɋ Only you or a caregiver should handle your chemotherapy. Do not let anyone else touch the drug. Ɉ If your caregiver handles your drug, he or she should wear gloves. ɋ Never break, crush, chew, or open your tablets or capsules unless your doctor tells you to do so. How should this drug be stored? ɋ Find a place in your home to store your oral chemotherapy that is separate from your other prescriptions and overthe counter medicines. ɋ Store your drug in a place with a controlled temperature that is not in direct sunlight. Be sure children and pets cannot reach your pills. ɋ Read the drug package and any included papers. Make sure to look for any storage instructions for your drug. Some drugs should be kept in the refrigerator. What should I do if another person or a pet swallows or is exposed to my drug? ɋ Keep calm. ɋ Flush the area with water, if the skin was exposed. ɋ Call the Poison Control Center immediately at 1 800 222 1222. What should I do with leftover drugs if my treatment is changed or stopped? ɋ Do not put chemotherapy drugs in the garbage* or down the toilet. ɋ Store your oral chemotherapy in a safe place until you can return it. ɋ State or local medication disposal sites or drop boxes are available as below: *If you need to dispose of oral chemotherapy quickly, follow these instructions: ɋ Mix whole pills (do not crush or open) in used coffee grounds or cat litter. ɋ Place the mixture in a container (e.g., empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle) and put the lid on tightly. Alternatively, double bag the mixture in plastic storage bags. ɋ Place the sealed container in your household trash. Additional instructions