How long do chemo drugs remain in system after final treatment?

Voglee asked...

I have just finished 6 sessions of chemo (taxol + carbo/platin) and would like to do an alternative treatment. How long are those 2 chemo drugs in my system, so I don't interfere with their effect?

Expert Answer

Harvey Gilbert, MD, is a radiation oncologist with more than 35 years of professional experience in the medical field, working with cancer patients. He has edited 14 medical textbooks and coauthored 40 papers in the field of oncology. Dr. Gilbert is the medical director of the Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute in Lodi, California.

How long are chemo drugs in the body after the final treatment varies. Most drugs are present in the body for a few hours to days. The effects of the drugs on the cells of the body can last a long time, but the drugs themselves are around for a much shorter period of time.