Hypersensitivy Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions are common in patients receiving chemotherapy. Hypersensitivity reactions range from a mild localized skin reaction to severe anaphylaxis. Clinicians giving cytotoxic drugs that are associated with hypersensitivity reactions should know the symptoms of a reaction so they can anticipate symptoms and manage them quickly.

When a patient develops a hypersensitivity reaction to a chemotherapeutic agent, the drug is usually stopped. The decision to use the drug again depends on the severity of the reaction, the treatment plan, and the availability of alternative drugs.

Hypersensivity reactions to cytotoxic drugs can include severe anaphylaxis.