After stopping chemotherapy treatments, how long does it take to get the chemotherapy out of the system?

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PaulaRyanMDPhD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 06 / 20 / 2012

Chemotherapy agents are broken down by the liver and/or kidney and removed from your body in urine or stool. The time it takes your body to get rid of the drugs depends on many things, including the type of chemo you get, other medicines you take, your age, and your kidney and liver functions. How often you are instructed to take the drug, if it is a pill, or how often you receive a drug through your vein takes into consideration all these factors. Once your treatment is stopped some ongoing problems may be related to the effect that the chemotherapy has on some of your normal tissues (“side effects”) and these vary in the length of time it takes the body part to heal.
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