Carboplatin is one of the platinum containing compounds or alkylating agents used in chemotherapy. Essentially a redesigned and less toxic version of Cisplatin, Carboplatin is given intravenously, usually in combination with other chemotherapy agents, and works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells.
Carboplatin is only one of many chemotherapy agents used to treat mesothelioma, and chemotherapy is only one of several mesothelioma treatments that your doctor may choose depending on a host of factors related to patient condition. The process of figuring out which options are best for you can be both confusing and stressful at the worst possible time – the Mesothelioma Help Center offers a free consultation with a nurse who both understands the options and appreciates what you’re going through.
As with all chemotherapy treatments, Carboplatin can also inhibit or damage normal cells, which can cause side effects. However, its formulation means that it is somewhat less toxic than Cisplatin, and the side effects associated with the drug are on the milder end of the chemotherapy spectrum. They can include the nausea, vomiting, fatigue, immune system impairment and hair loss typically associated with chemotherapy. Some patients do experience more serious side effects, including kidney damage, so doctors closely monitor patient response to Carboplatin treatment to ensure that any adverse effects are minimized.
Before starting Cisplatin treatment, patients should discuss its effects on fertility. Because side effects can be serious, your doctor will take a complete history to determine if the drug is appropriate and to prescribe the correct dosage and frequency.
Choosing which chemotherapy regimen is right for you is a crucial decision that you will make with your health care team, so it’s important to identify and engage experienced mesothelioma doctors who understand the full range of possibilities and can communicate them to you clearly. For more information on your treatment options and how we can advocate on your behalf, please contact the Mesothelioma Options Help Center.