Brand Names

Paraplatin®, CBDCA (There maybe other names for this medication.)

How is it Administered?

Your medicine will be given intravenously (IV), which means it will be given through a tube placed in a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, hand or chest.

What is it Used For?

This drug is lung cancer, testicular cancer, head and neck cancer, Wilms' tumor, brain tumors, bladder cancer, and retinoblastoma.

How Does it Work?

Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control.    Both normal and cancer cells go through cycles (resting phase, active growing phases, and division/reproduction). Your chemo schedule is based upon your cancer type, how fast the cancer cells divide, and when each drug is the most likely to be effective. This is why chemotherapy is typically given in cycles.

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

The faster cells reproduce, the more likely it is that chemotherapy will damage and/or kill them. Since there are some types of cells in your body that naturally reproduce rapidly, these types of cells 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 involving the cells that line the digestive tract (mouth, stomach, and intestines), the hair follicles, and bone marrow.

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