Cisplatin Overview

Cisplatin is a prescription medicine used alone to treat bladder and ovarian cancer. It is also used together with other drugs to help treat testicular cancer, locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, late stage cervical cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and non-small cell lung cancer.

Cisplatin is in a group of drugs called platinum-containing alkylating agents. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells by affecting the DNA within cancer cells.

Cisplatin comes in an injectable form to be given over 6 to 8 hours directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare provider. It is given once every 3 to 4 weeks. 
Common side effects of Cisplatin include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, and the loss in ability to taste food.