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Brand Name: Paraplatin®
Carboplatin is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
Carboplatin is a type of chemotherapy. Specifically, it is part of a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds, which belong in the larger group of alkylating agents. Carbplatin works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells.
This medication is given as an infusion into a vein (intravenously). Sometimes, this drug may be given directly into the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen (intraperitoneal). The exact dose and schedule of carboplatin depends on the condition being treated, how well the cancer is responding, and several other factors. Your doctor will determine the best regimen for you.
To prevent problematic interactions between carboplatin and other drugs, be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, and what other medications and supplements you are currently taking. You should also inform your doctor if you have or ever had liver tumor, liver disease, kidney disease, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Women taking carboplatin may experience disruptions in their menstrual cycle. You should not receive any vaccinations before consulting your doctor.
Possible side effects of carboplatin may include:
- Thinned or brittle hair
- Loss of appetite or weight
- Stomach pain
- Changes in taste
- Changes in vision
- Numbness or tingling in the fingertips
Some of carboplatin’s side effects can be serious. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Red urine
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Black, tarry stools
- Fever, chills, or other signs of infection
- Dizziness or faintness
- Pain in side or back
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Swelling of feet or ankles
- Hearing loss
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. Patients may experience additional effects not mentioned above.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), your team of cancer experts will explain each of the side effects of carboplatin with you in detail, as well as the side effects and expectations of all other medications planned as part of your individualized treatment plan.
Carboplatin is approved by the FDA for the following:
- Treatment of ovarian cancer
This drug may also be used in the treatment of cancers of the lung, head and neck, endometrium, esophagus, bladder, breast or cervix, central nervous system or germ cell tumors, osteogenic carcinoma, and as a preparation for a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.
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