Resources for Cytotoxins in the Environment

University of Minnesota
Medications in Your Septic System

​Reports of “Cancer Fish” Lead to a Disturbing Discovery on Cape Cod

Barnstable County Department of Health, Massachusetts

Contaminants of Emerging Concerns from Onsite Septic Systems

Silver Spring Institute
Contaminants Pervasive in Cape Cod's Drinking Water Supply

​Bureau of Environmental Health

Assessment of Childhood Cancer Incidents Cape Cod Massachusetts

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry / Vol. 28, No. 12
Environmental Footprint of Pharmeceuticals: The Significance of Factors Beyond Direct Excretion to Sewers

We’re here to help medical facilities reduce the risk of cytotoxic contamination.

Our goals include helping hospitals, home health care workers, scientists, medical waste management and others in the drug and medical fields understand the threat posed by cytotoxic chemo drugs excreted from chemotherapy patients during the 48 hours following each treatment.

  • The dangers of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs
  • How to help keep patient’s homes free from contamination
  • How to keep cytotoxic drugs out of our environments from urine, feces, vomit, and sweat.

Cytotoxic Chemicals in Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families, Caregivers, and the Environment


World Health Organization

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

We are available for consultation to help medical facilities that offer chemotherapy treatment.

Our team of experts has more than 80 years of combined experience creating safe and effective drugs as well as processes and procedures for the safe disposal of medical waste.

  • Reduce the risk of contamination for your staff
  • Keep dangerous chemotherapy drugs out of our public water supplies
  • Help your patients protect their families and caregivers from cytotoxic chemo drug dangers.

All 27 of these cytotoxic chemo drugs are on OSHA's hazardous drugs list because they are proven to be:

Genotoxic - damages DNA, resulting in cell death or mutations

Cytotoxic - kills or damages cells, particularly rapidly dividing cells

Teratogenic - damages the growth and development of an embryo or fetus, resulting in fetus death or birth defects

Mutagenic - causes direct or indirect damage to DNA, resulting in mutations

All have high excretion rates - large quantities of the drugs are excreted in the patient's urine, feces, vomit, sweat, and saliva for approximately 48 hours after EACH treatment.