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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Carboplatin (Paraplatin®)


Brand Name: Paraplatin®

Carboplatin is used to treat cancers of the lung, head and neck, ovaries, uterus, cervix, breast, bladder and testicles.

Carboplatin is a type of chemotherapy drug. 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 and causing them to die.

This medication is given as an infusion into a vein (intravenously). It is administered over 15 to 60 minutes, usually once every four weeks. Sometimes, carboplatin is 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 recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Carboplatin side effects

To prevent problematic interactions between carboplatin and other drugs, be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications. Also inform your doctor of any medications, both prescription and nonprescription, and supplements you are 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
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • 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 the side or back
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, ankles or feet
  • Rash
  • Hearing loss

Please note that this list is not comprehensive. 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 for cancer treatment

Carboplatin is approved by the FDA for the following:

  • Treatment of ovarian cancer
  • Treatment of non-small cell lung cancer

This drug may also be used in the treatment of cancers of the 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.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our integrative approach to cancer treatment works to fight your disease on all fronts and ensures that you remain at the center of everything we do. We encourage participation from both you and your family to make certain you are comfortable with all decisions made regarding your treatment.

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as offering medical advice. Cancer Treatment Centers of America assumes no responsibility for how this material is used. Please check with a physician if you suspect you are ill. Also note that while Cancer Treatment Centers of America frequently updates its contents, medical information changes rapidly. Therefore, some information may be out of date.