Vincristine, brand name Oncovin
The tall, affable nurse injected this chemo after she accessed the port, drew blood and pushed a syringe full of saline into Isa. This drug works on the cells that reproduce quickly—cancer cells, bone marrow and the lining of the intestines. It can be used, of course, with ALL but also with treatment for nephroblastoma (Wilms tumor, a kidney tumor common in children)
Vincristine is a vesicant. A vesicant is a chemical that causes extensive tissue damage and blistering if it escapes from the vein. The nurse or doctor who gives Vincristine must be carefully trained. If you notice pain, redness or swelling at the IV site while you are receiving Vincristine sulfate, alert your health care professional immediately
Our nurse, with 18 years experience, has been injecting this medicine into children for years. She seems adept at doing it, yet, Riley and other medical administrators have devised a new locking mechanism that goes on the end of the port access to provide extra safety for the employee.
Interestingly, this plant has been used in herbal and Chinese medicine for ages, (even though I’ve never studied it) Chang chun hua, Catharanthus roseus.
- abdominal cramping
- hair loss
- change in how the kids walk
- tired, “sick” feeling
- feeling warm to touch, but having the temperature read lower.
- This one I can NOT explain, but after each round this definitely happened.
- during Induction she complained of her “mouth” hurting, which may have been her jaw… hard to tell with a 3 yr old.
- ONLY use aceteminophen NOT aspirin or ibuprofen to stop pain when taking this drug.
- Toxicity can develop
- Some problems are dose related. I haven’t checked her dosage but I will!!!