The University of Iowa

Antineoplastic Agents Lab Safety

Antineoplastic agents are “anti-cancer pharmaceutical drugs” used for the treatment of cancer. These agents are highly toxic to living cells and therefore known as “cytotoxic drugs”. Antineoplastic agents are also described as chemotherapeutic agents, and oncology drugs. Antineoplastic hazardous agents are genotoxic, teratogenic, carcinogenic, or toxic to other target organs even at very low concentrations. Antineoplastic agents may also be used to treat other medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other auto-immune disorders.

Contact information and areas of expertise can be found on the Contact Us page



  • Antineoplastic Agents Safety - W522CM
    • This guidance describes a basic prudent safety practice for handling antineoplastic agents and formulated solutions in research labs.
    • The training is recommended for all researchers who handle antineoplastic agents. 

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.