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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Busulfan (byoo-SUL-fan) is a drug, which is used to treat blood cancers. It reduces the number of blood cells. It is a clear liquid that is injected slowly into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Hair loss is rare with busulfan. Colour or texture may change. If hair loss does occur, your hair will grow back once you stop the treatment.
  • Your skin may darken after you have taken busulfan for a while. This occurs most often in pressure areas such as elbows, knees and skin creases.

Printable Drug Information

Click here, to view and print a complete description of busulfan and its side effects and management from the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual©.

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