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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Carmustine (kar-MUS-teen) is a drug that is used to treat many types of cancer. It is a clear liquid that is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Carmustine burns if it leaks under the skin. Tell your nurse or doctor immediately if you feel burning, stinging or other change while the drug is being given.
  • Pain along the vein, dizziness, flushing of the skin and eye irritation may occur during administration of carmustine. This can begin within 2 hours of receiving the drug. It may last for 4 hours.
  • Nausea and vomiting may occur after your treatment and may last for 4-6 hours.
  • Hair loss is rare with carmustine. Colour and texture may change. If hair loss does occur, your hair will grow back once you stop the treatment.

Printable Drug Information

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

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