Oxaliplatin

Brand Names

Eloxatin (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is Oxaliplatin Administered?

Your medication will be given by injection into a vein (intravenous or IV), usually in your arm, wrist, hand or chest, usually every 14 days.

Why Am I Taking Oxaliplatin?

Oxaliplatin, along with other medications, treats advanced colon and rectal cancers. It is usually given in combination with other medications.

How Does it 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.

Oxaliplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds (metal salts); it is also an alkylating agent.

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 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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