I was asked about this in my Primary Exam! I have to admit that I had elected not to study the chemotherapeutics, (not a strategy that I would recommend 😉) but fortunately I was able to drag something from the back of my brain….
There is one chemotherapeutic drug in particular which has very significant anaesthetic implications ( I was unaware of this 20 yrs ago!) and you should have some knowledge of it.
Several others can have effects on organ systems which may be of consequence once anaesthesia is administered.
There is an overview of the topic, with an anaesthetic bent, here, but all the standard texts will have chapter on chemotherapeutic agents.
Several chemotherapeutic drugs, including vincristine, are derived from the above plant, the Madagascar Periwinkle…..
BT_PO 1.125 Outline the pharmacology of cancer chemotherapeutic agents with particular reference to problems that such agents may cause during the perioperative period
The risk of oxygen induced pulmonary toxicity, following bleomycin treatment, persists for life TRUE/FALSE
Anthracyclines, such as doxurubicin and daunorubicin, may cause an acute myocarditis TRUE/FALSE
Anthracyclines may cause a chronic dilated cardiomyopathy, which is dose dependent in nature TRUE/FALSE
Vincristine can cause both a peripheral and autonomic neuropathy TRUE/FASLE
The bone marrow suppression associated with chemotherapy usually preserves platelets TRUE/FALSE