Cisplatin as a Mesothelioma Treatment

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Cisplatin, also known as Platinol® or CDDP, is a chemotherapy drug used to treat mesothelioma and other cancers.

How Does Cisplatin Help Patients With Mesothelioma?

Chemotherapy by I.V. For Mesothelioma PatientsCisplatin belongs to a class of chemotherapy medications known as platinum-containing compounds. Acting as an alkylating agent, cisplatin slows the growth of cancer cells and ultimately destroys them. Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, treatments like cisplatin can help prolong survival and improve the quality of life for patients with mesothelioma or other cancers.

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Cisplatin Risks And Side Effects

The use of cisplatin carries certain risks, but you can take precautions to make your treatment as safe as possible. Before you begin therapy with cisplatin, tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease or any other health problems. Also, tell your doctor about any medications or nutritional supplements you are taking, including non-prescription drugs. And be sure to mention any allergies that you may have.

Cisplatin’s potential risks include kidney problems (especially in older people), hearing problems and allergic reactions, some of which can be serious. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the following may be signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Hives, rash, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Fast heartbeat

The most common of cisplatin’s side effects are nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue; others may include:

  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Change in taste
  • Mouth sores
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Decreased urination
  • Swelling of the face, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or dizziness

If you experience troubling side effects while receiving cisplatin therapy, talk to your doctor, who may be able to offer remedies to relieve your discomfort.

How is Cisplatin Given?

Cisplatin comes in the form of a solution, which is injected into a vein over six to eight hours. The cisplatin infusion must be given in a medical facility by under the supervision of a doctor, with three to four weeks scheduled between treatments.

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