(NaturalHealth365) When cancer is diagnosed, many patients choose to treat the disease with chemotherapy. But it appears that “chemo” carries health risks not only for the patients receiving it, but for those who care for them.
In fact, studies have revealed that family members of cancer patients can be exposed to chemotherapy drugs (which are hazardous carcinogens themselves) through exposure to the patient’s body fluids. The researchers also found contamination of ordinary household surfaces – up to 48 hours after the treatment was administered.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 650,000 cancer patients receive chemotherapy in outpatient clinics every year – creating an urgent need for precautions on the part of caregivers and family members.
Warning: Exposure to chemotherapy drugs can actually cause several dangerous outcomes
Chemotherapy uses antineoplastic drugs – such as 5-fluorouracil, oxaliplatin, and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) – to kill cancer cells. However, antineoplastic drugs (also called cytotoxics) also harm normal cells.
Exposure to these toxic medications can cause nausea, vomiting, hair loss and suppression of bone marrow function. And OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) warns that the development of secondary malignancies – in other words, cancer – is a well-documented side effect of chemotherapy treatment.
The fact is: chemotherapy drugs can be associated with grave harm – even at very low exposures.