Reply To: Giving oral chemo at home

  • Gale Roberts

    February 17, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Hi Ashlee,

    We try to avoid crushing oral chemotherapy at all cost.  We either have our pharmacy make a suspension or have the parents dissolve the tablet in a syringe.  With appropriate gloves on, the parent would remove the plunger of a syringe, the tablet is place in the syringe, the plunger is replaced.  The parent would then draw up water into the syringe and allow the tablet to dissolve with gentle inversion of the syringe.  The child would then drink the medication from the syringe and chase it with appropriate drink.  The gloves and the syringe are disposed of after each use.

    Hope this helps,



    EH lo-res

    Gale Roberts BN RN CPON

    Provincial Pediatric Oncology Nurse Coordinator

    Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre

    300 Prince Philip Drive Room 4J370

    St. John’s NL Canada A1B 3V6

    PH: 709-777-4668

    Fax: 709-777-4941





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    What do other institutions educate about giving oral chemo at home? Can parents crush it? Do you have them wear gloves? Any information would be helpful!


    Ashlee Blumhoff, PCNS-BC, MSN, CPHON
    Sanford Children’s
    Sioux Falls, SD