Journal article

Implications of dose rounding of chemotherapy to the nearest vial size.

Michael Joseph Dooley, Sanjay Singh, Michael Michael

Support Care Cancer | Published : 2004

Abstract

GOALS OF WORK: There are practical implications of preparing cytotoxic doses calculated to the exact milligram. The objective here was to explore the magnitude of the effect of dose rounding to the nearest whole vial strength for some newly marketed expensive cytotoxic chemotherapy agents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Body surface areas (BSA) of 2838 adult patients presenting for chemotherapy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre between May 1996 and December 2000 were calculated by using the DuBois and DuBois linear equation to two decimal places. Each individual dose of docetaxel, liposomal doxorubicin, gemcitabine, oxaliplatin and vinorelbine was calculated from the actual BSA based on the dose r..

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