Brand Names

Platinol®, Platinol-AQ®, platinum, CDDP (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is it Administered?

Your medicine will be injected or infused into a vein (intravenously /IV). Usually, an IV of fluids and anti-nausea medication is given before the cisplatin IV. Talk to your doctor or nurse about how long you should plan to be in the chemo center for each treatment. (Cisplatin may be infused directly the abdominal cavity.)

Why is Cisplatin Given?

Cisplatin treats cancers of the ovaries, testicles, bladder, head and neck, lung, cervix, esophagus, and brain, among others.

How Does Cisplatin Work?

Cancers are diseases in which abnormal cells reproduce uncontrollably. Your chemo schedule is based upon:

  • your cancer type and how fast the cancer cells reproduce
  • the phase of the cell cycle when the chemo is most effective — the resting, growing, or reproduction phases

With these factors in mind, your doctors create a chemo schedule to give each medication when it will do the most damage to the cancer cells.

Cisplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds (metal salt) and it is an alkylating agent. It works against the cancer cells while they are in the “resting phase” and slows or stops the cells’ growth.

Many chemo medications identify and attack cancer cells because they reproduce quickly. Some cells in your body normally reproduce quickly and they are likely to be damaged/destroyed by chemo. These normal cells will eventually grow back and be healthy. During treatment, however, you may experience side effects from chemo’s effects on these cells.

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