Carboplatin may be used to treat metastatic breast cancer. It can also be used with the chemotherapy medicines docetaxel (Taxotere) or paclitaxel (Taxol) and the targeted therapy trastuzumab (Herceptin) after surgery as adjuvant treatment for HER2-positive breast cancers, in the regimen called TCH.
You may be offered carboplatin as part of a clinical trial. 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 gene mutation.
- Decrease of white blood cells
- Neuropathy, or tingling in the hands and feet
- Hair loss or thinning
- Kidney damage
- Nausea and vomiting
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 chemotherapy 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 infection.