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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Carboplatin (KAR-boe-plat-in) is a drug used to treat many kinds of cancer. It is a clear liquid that is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur after your treatment and may last for 24 hours.
  • Your platelet count may decrease 3 weeks after your treatment. Platelets help to make your blood clot when you hurt yourself. You may bruise or bleed more easily than usual.
  • Your white blood cells will decrease 3-4 weeks after your treatment. White blood cells protect your body by fighting germs that cause infection. When white blood cells are low, you are at a greater risk of getting an infection.
  • Hair loss is rare with carboplatin. Colour or texture may change. If hair loss does occur, your hair will grow back once you stop the treatment.

Printable Drug Information

Click here, to view and print a complete description of carboplatin and its side effects and management from the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual©.

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