• Carboplatin

    Asked by jenlev on Tuesday, August 21, 2018


    I’ve been fighting stage 4 breast cancer for 6+ years with hormonal therapy both pills and shots and oral chemo pills. I’m now entering a whole new arena getting a port in and preparing for infusion chemo. I’m a little scared of the unknown and nervous. Has anyone had experience with Carboplatin? I’m getting it every three weeks. Thanks!

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Hi jenlev, congrats on your 6+ years survivorship. I'm sorry that you're having to start a whole different treatment.

      I had carboplatin, Alimta and Avastin as my first-line treatment for lung cancer. I never had carbo by itself so side effects etc. could have been from any or all. I did not lose my hair, but it got really frizzy like it had been burned by a bad perm.

      I was very fatigued and horribly nauseous, with throwing up and terrible constipation, during the first week of treatment. By the second week, I was feeling more human and by the third, I felt pretty good.

      I was able to work, albeit shortened days, throughout my treatment with the three drugs.

      The triplet did shrink my tumors. The minute I came off of treatment and maintenance (which was Avastin only), they regained all of the progress we made during treatment.

      Wishing you the best of luck. Please let me know if you have more questions. Everyone, of course, reacts differently. I have other lung cancer friends who have gotten carboplatin and had no problems at all with it. I think I reacted more violently to my triplet that a lot of people do.

      10 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Carboplatin has some metabolites that linger in your system and can provoke a slightly extended bout with nausea. So, Zofran is your friend. Carry it with you. When I felt "that feeling" coming on, I popped a half tab under my tongue and alloed it to melt. That is how heart patients self-administer nitroglycerin for the quickest response. The sensation of nausea was gone in maybe 3-4 minutes.

      Less than fun fact: Carboplatin is a far friendlier drug than its cousin, Cisplatin - that one can be harsh.
      Trivia: Both are platiinum-based drugs.

      10 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Congratulations on your 6+ years of survivorship. I received Carboplatin along with Taxotere and Herceptin every 3 weeks. I was never sick one time, and I worked everyday. Everyone reacts differently. I do have neuropathy in my feet, but I don't know which drug is responsible for that. Did your doctor tell you why they were changing your treatment? Let us know how you are doing and how we can help you. Good luck. Take care.

      10 months ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I had the same cocktail as Beachbum for my HERS2+ breast cancer. Keep taking the anti nausea drugs as long as prescribed, I felt so good I stopped early and it was the only time I was nauseous. I took a week off after each of 6 chemos to recover and worked the rest of the time. My port was super helpful. Good luck.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Different type of cancer, but I had Carboplatin & Taxol. The lasting side effect is peripheral neuropathy. I had very little nausea (but took my meds as directed), lost my hair, had severe foot, ankle & lower leg pain that was really bad only 2 days after getting the infusion. I worked through chemo, missing only 2 days other than treatment or doctor days.

      10 months ago

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