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Will there be harmful effects due to potential chemo in urine?

I was holding a toddler while he was undergoing his chemotherapy; as he was asleep, his diaper wetted through onto me, and I was unaware till he was put back into his hospital bed.Is there anything I need to worry about concerning potential chemo in his urine? Thanks!
Thu, 5 Feb 2015
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Hi!
I really appreciate your concern for the possible toxic potential of chemo in the urine of your child. Nothing to worry.

As such the amount of active chemotherapeutic agent excreted in the urine of a patient receiving treatment may not be sufficient to cause the harmful effects if it comes in contact with the attendant. Further most of the chemo agents get metabolized into inactive substances which are rendered harmless and excreted out through the urine. Another fact is that since you had a brief exposure to the wet diaper of the toddler so less chances of getting any toxic effects whatsoever.
Regards!
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