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Carboplatin for the Treatment of Cancer (5544)

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Reproduced with permission from the 1989-2009United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. Your health care
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If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are
different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have
an emergency, please call 911. Printed in 7/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, Department
of Nursing, Madison WI. HF#5544

For the Treatment of Cancer

What it is
Carboplatin is chemotherapy given for the
treatment of cancer.

How it is given
It is infused into a vein (IV).

Common side effects
ξ Nausea and vomiting
ξ Reduced blood counts (white blood
cells, red blood cells and platelets) 1 to 2
weeks after treatment
ξ Fatigue, shortness of breath and paleness
ξ Stomach pains and cramping
ξ Kidney changes may occur, but can be
prevented with fluids before and after
ξ Liver changes may occur, but closely
watched with lab tests
ξ Electrolyte levels may change but will
be closely watched with lab draws

Less common side effects
ξ Hearing changes
ξ Dizziness
ξ Change in menstrual periods
ξ Hair loss, but will regrow. Hair texture
may change.
ξ Numbness and tingling in your feet,
hands and legs
ξ Weakness
ξ Mouth sores
ξ Taste changes
ξ Diarrhea or constipation
ξ Rash or itchy skin
ξ Worsening of eyesight or changes to
your vision (will get better)
ξ Pain or discomfort in your bones, joints
or muscles
ξ Allergic reactions. Risks of an allergic
reaction increases after six doses.

When to call your doctor
ξ A change in hearing
ξ New or increased numbness or tingling
ξ Trouble urinating or blood in your urine
ξ Nausea or vomiting not controlled by
ξ Signs of electrolyte problems like
confusion, muscle pain or weakness, an
irregular heartbeat, not having an
appetite or severe nausea
ξ Muscle or joint pain not relieved by
acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
ξ Abnormal bruising, bleeding or signs of
infection such as a sore throat and
temperature of 100.4 θ F or greater

Special concerns
ξ Platelets will be affected, tell your
doctor if you have bleeding problems.
See HFFY #4493, Thrombocytopenia.
ξ Avoid blood-thinning medicines such as
aspirin or ibuprofen
ξ You will have blood tests to look at
blood counts, kidney function and liver
ξ Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or
breastfeeding as this drug may cause
harm to an unborn child and should be
ξ Carboplatin is processed by your
kidneys. Make sure you drink 8-10 eight
ounce glasses of water before, during
and after treatment to minimize side