You will be given cyclophosphamide in the chemotherapy day unit or during a stay in hospital. A chemotherapy nurse will give it to you. Cyclophosphamide can be given in combination with other chemotherapy drugs.
During treatment you usually see a cancer doctor, a chemotherapy nurse or a specialist nurse. This is who we mean when we mention doctor or nurse in this information.
Before or on the day of treatment, a nurse or person trained to take blood (phlebotomist) will take a blood sample from you. This is to check that it is okay for you to have chemotherapy.
You will also see a doctor or nurse before you have chemotherapy. They will ask you about how you have been. If your blood results are alright on the day of treatment, the pharmacist will prepare your chemotherapy. Your nurse will tell you when your treatment is likely to be ready.
Your nurse will give you anti-sickness (anti-emetic) drugs before you start. Cyclophosphamide is given in one of the following ways:
- through a short, thin tube (cannula) that the nurse puts into a vein in your arm or hand
- through a fine tube that goes under the skin of your chest and into a vein close by (central line)
- through a fine tube that is put into a vein in your arm and goes up into a vein in your chest (PICC line)
- as tablets swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Your nurse can give you cyclophosphamide as a slow injection or drip (infusion) into your cannula or line. They usually run the drip through a pump, which gives you the treatment over a set time. You'll be given fluids through a drip before and after the cyclophosphamide.