Carboplatin (Paraplatin)

(KAR-bo-pla-tin) 

Carboplatin is a medicine used to treat certain types of cancer. (Examples are brain tumors, neuroblastoma, sarcomas.)

Carboplatin will be given by intravenous (IV) infusion in the hospital.

  • The dose of carboplatin may need to be adjusted based on how well your child's kidneys are working.
  • Hearing may be affected by this medication. Therefore, hearing tests will be performed prior to treatment with this medication and at specified intervals during treatment.
  • Blood tests will be performed to monitor the amount of potassium, calcium and magnesium in your child's blood. Supplements may be required to replace these electrolytes.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Mineral (magnesium, potassium, calcium) and fluid imbalance
  • Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears
  • Decreased kidney or liver function
  • Hair loss
  • Tingling sensations in the arms or legs
  • Metallic taste
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ringing in the ears

Last Updated 10/2013