Cisplatin is an
intravenous (IV) medicine usually given in a dose
that is based on body surface area. The type and extent of a cancer determines
the exact dose and schedule of administering this drug.
How It Works
Cisplatin is a heavy metal that kills cells by interfering with the
multiplication of cancer cells. It affects all phases of the cell cycle. It is
used specifically in the treatment of cancer.
Why It Is Used
Cisplatin slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer cells in
the body. It may be used to treat advanced bladder cancer or metastatic cancers such as testicular or ovarian cancer.
How Well It Works
Cisplatin is an effective antitumor medicine. It is one of the
main drugs used for many types of cancer and is often combined with other cancer drugs. The type and extent of a cancer
determines how effectively this medicine slows or stops the growth of cancer
cells in the body.
Side effects are common with cisplatin. Most side effects of
chemotherapy, including hair loss, go away after you finish treatment. Side
effects can include:
Decreased white blood counts and possibly
reduced red blood cell and platelet counts.
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