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Where this chemotherapy information comes from

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This page tells you about the major sources of information that we use to put together this section of Cancer Research UK's patient information.


About this page

All our information is checked by cancer specialists. The names of our specialist reviewers are at the end of this list. We also try to find patients to review all our sections. If you have had chemotherapy treatment, live in the UK and would like to become a patient reviewer, you can write to us by clicking on the contact us link.



Electronic Medicines Compendium

British National Formulary

British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

National Cancer Institute - USA

The Cochrane Library

PubMed Central
National Institute of Health Medical Archive of Science Literature

British Fertility Society



The Chemotherapy Source Book (4th Edition)
Michael C Perry
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008

Principles and practice of oncology (8th edition)
De Vita, V.T., Hellman, S. and Rosenberg S.A.
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

Handbook of Cancer Chemotherapy (8th Edition)
Skeel, R.T. and Khleif, S.N.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011

The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures (8th Edition)
Ed.s) Dougherty, L. and Lister, S.
Wiley-Black, 2011


UK national guidelines

The oral management of oncology patients requiring radiotherapy, chemotherapy and / or bone marrow transplantation – clinical guidelines. The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The British Society for Disability and Oral Health, updated 2012.

Updated national guidance for the safe administration of intrathecal chemotherapy
August 2008
Department of Health.

Guidelines for the safe use of cytotoxic chemotherapy in the clinical environment
Scottish cancer care pharmacy group.
June 2000

Neutropenic sepsis: prevention and management of neutropenic sepsis in cancer patients
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence  CG151 
September 2012


Specialist reviewers

Danny Lawrence (Chemotherapy specialist nurse)
Dr Santhanam Sundar (Consultant Oncologist)
Dr Ed Levine (Consultant Oncologist)
Mylene Freires (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)
Rita Beaumont (Chemotherapy Clinical Nurse Specialist)

We thank the many pharmaceutical manufacturers who have answered questions for us during the compilation of this information.



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Updated: 18 April 2013