Cytotoxic & Biotherapy

Welcome to the Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology Service Cytotoxic and Biotherapies website. This site contains the material related to the CDHB Cytotoxic & Biotherapies policies, standards and training packages for health professionals within and beyond the CDHB. Resources for health professionals and those receiving cytotoxic or biotherapy treatments are also available.

What's New

Safe handling precautions for biotherapies have changed - please access the page for more information. The biotherapies page is also new!

This page provides information on drugs not identified as cytotoxic. Therre are also some useful links if you wish to know more.


These procedures are the standards expected when handling Cytotoxic or Biotherapy for all staff within the CDHB catchment area.

Level 1 Safe Handling and Waste Management of Cytotoxics SLP

Cytotoxic and Biotherapies Safe Handlingis a first level training package which aims to increase knowledge of safe handling of...

IV Cytotoxic Training Programme

The CDHB IV Cytotoxic Training Programme is designed for nurses working within the Oncology Haematology settings at...

IV Cytotoxic Recertification

Recertification for cytotoxic credentialling is currently required every 3 years.

Intrathecal Chemotherapy Training Programme

Intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy delivers anticancer drugs directly into cerebrospinal fluid contained in the intrathecal space of...

Telephone Assessment

Contact with patients by telephone is a common part of nursing practice. Both the Oncology and Haematology Services have their...

Page last reviewed: 18 July 2016
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