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Cisplatin is a type of chemotherapy, known as a platinum analog. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells. Cisplatin is usually used in combination with other medicines.
Patients will have regular blood tests to check blood counts and monitor kidney and liver function. Doctors will also monitor how much the patient is drinking and urinating as well as blood levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus.
Cisplatin may cause long-term hearing problems (which can be worse in patients who receiving radiation to the brain and in younger children). The hearing loss may be severe and permanent, requiring the use of hearing aids. The doctor will likely order hearing tests before, during, and after treatment.
Cisplatin can cause tissue damage if it leaks from the vein. Patients may have irritation and skin damage at the IV site. Let a caregiver know if there is burning during administration.
Given as a liquid into a vein by IV
Not all patients who take cisplatin will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.