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Home Safety

Chemotherapy leaves the body through urine, stool, vomit and blood. Follow these safety tips to protect you and your family during chemotherapy and for 48 hours after your treatment ends:

  • Close the lid before flushing the toilet.
  • Flush the toilet twice after using it.
  • Wash your hands well with soap and water after using the toilet or cleaning up body fluids.
  • Clean bedpans, urinals, commodes or basins with soap and water. Wear disposable gloves.
  • Wear disposable rubber gloves when cleaning up urine, stool, vomit, blood or clothes and linens soiled with body fluids.
  • Wash any laundry with body fluids or chemotherapy on it with warm water and separately from other clothing and laundry.
  • If chemotherapy gets on your skin, wash the area well with soap and water and let your treatment team know as soon as possible.
  • If your eyes come into contact with chemotherapy, flush them right away with a large amount of lukewarm water for at least five minutes and call your treatment team.
  • Wash your hands well after cleanup.

For more information on home safety, please talk to your care team.

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