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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Daunorubicin (dawn-oh-ROO-biss-in) is a drug that is used to treat many kinds of cancer. It is a red liquid that is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Daunorubicin burns if it leaks under the skin. Tell your nurse or doctor immediately if you feel burning, stinging or any other change while the drug is being given.
  • Your urine may be pink or reddish for 1-2 days after your treatment.
  • Nausea and vomiting may occur. It may last for up to 48 hours.
  • Hair loss is common and may begin within a few days or weeks of treatment. Your hair may thin or you may become totally bald. You may lose hair on your face and body. Your hair will grow back once your treatments are over.
  • Your skin may darken in some areas such as your hands, elbows and knees.

Printable Drug Information

Click here, to view and print a complete description of daunorubicin and its side effects and management from the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual©.

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