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Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7094
LACERDA, Márcio Augusto. Chemotherapy and anesthesia. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2001, vol.51, n.3, pp.250-270. ISSN 0034-7094. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942001000300009.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Chemotherapy is one of the main treatment available for cancer patients, but is still causing important side effects, reversible or not. Knowing such drugs, complications and interactions is critical for the anesthesiologist during surgeries in patients under cancer treatment. CONTENTS: This review presents the different types of chemotherapy agents currently used, their pharmacological classification, organic repercussions, interactions with other drugs and the most adequate anesthetic technique aiming at decreasing perioperative morbidity and mortality. CONCLUSIONS: The anesthesiologist awareness of types of treatment, pharmacological properties of such substances, their adverse effects, structural lesions and possible drug interactions created by them and exacerbated by several current anesthetic techniques may certainly decrease perioperative morbidity and mortality.
Keywords : DRUGS, Interation: chemotherapic.