Carboplatin

Updated 
August 31, 2015

Carboplatininfo-icon (Paraplatininfo-icon) is a platinum-based chemotherapyinfo-icon. Carboplatin and similar medicines contain the metal platinum, and are used to treat many types of cancer.

How Carboplatin Works

Carboplatininfo-icon kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA and stopping them from dividing.

Who Gets Carboplatin

Carboplatininfo-icon may be used to treat metastatic breast cancer. It can also be used with the chemotherapyinfo-icon medicines docetaxelinfo-icon (Taxotereinfo-icon) or paclitaxelinfo-icon (Taxolinfo-icon) and the targeted therapy trastuzumabinfo-icon (Herceptininfo-icon) after surgeryinfo-icon as adjuvant treatment for HER2-positive breast cancers, in the regimeninfo-icon called TCH.

You may be offered carboplatin as part of a clinical trialinfo-icon. Researchers are looking at the benefits of using carboplatin to treat specific types of breast cancer, including breast cancer that has developed because of a BRCA geneinfo-icon mutationinfo-icon.

How Carboplatin Is Given

Carboplatininfo-icon is taken by veininfo-icon. It is usually given every 3 weeks, though how often you receive carboplatin and the total number of cycles depends on your situation.

Side Effects

Different medicines have different side effects. You may not have every side effectinfo-icon related to each medicineinfo-icon.  Side effects of carboplatininfo-icon include:

Be sure to tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the counter-medicines, to make sure they will not interfere with your chemotherapyinfo-icon treatment.

While you are taking carboplatin, drink lots of fluids to avoid kidney side effects. Ask your doctor how much and how often you should drink each day.

Seek immediate medical care if you have chills or a fever of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, which may be signs of infectioninfo-icon.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacistinfo-icon or nurseinfo-icon about all your side effects so that they can help you manage them. You can also go to our section on Side Effects for more information.

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