Carboplatin is usually used for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, usually together with another chemotherapy drug such as gemcitabine.  Carboplatin contains an atom of platinum which is responsible for the damages to cancerous cells. Carboplation can be administered intravenously (through the vein) or through a central line, and the administration process may last just over an hour. This chemotherapy drug is usually eliminated by the kidneys and so the dose given depends also on the efficiency of your kidneys.

Side effects of Carboplatin may include some of the following:

  • A higher risk of infections
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with breathing/Tiredness/Weakness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Bruising /Bleeding
  • Hair thinning/ Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Ringing of the ear (tinnitus)/Loss of hearing
  • Sore mouth/Loss of taste/Changes in taste
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities (such as hands or feet)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Kidney problems
  • Loss of fertility
  • Amenorrhea (Absence of menstrual periods)