Cisplatin is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug and was discovered in 1845. It is used for a variety of cancer types such as lung cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical and, prostate cancer.
Cisplatin is administered intravenously, and there is no oral form available. The drug will cause severe tissue damage when it leaks out of the vein at the injection site. If the area of injection becomes painful or swollen at any time during or after the injection, inform your doctor immediately.
It is classified as an “alkylating agent.” Alkylating agents are interfering with the DNA structure and causing breakage of the DNA strands, which leads to the death of the cell.
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Common side effects are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low red blood cells
- Low white blood cells
- Low platelets
- Kidney Problems
- Hearing loss
- Low magnesium
- Low calcium
- Low potassium
Avoid pregnancy because Cisplatin may cause birth defects. Please do not breastfeed your child while receiving this medication. There is a possibility that the drug flushes into the milk.
Drug interactions are very common and can increase toxicity. There are various drugs which interfere with Cisplatin, such as:
How to Increase Efficacy Of Cisplatin
There are different types of chemotherapy enhancement. Some natural substances can reduce the side effects, some others have similar effects and therefore acting synergistically. The goal of this article is to show that natural substances can be used to improve the chemotherapy outcome. Of course, any treatment should be observed by an experienced physician. It is essential to know the right moment of application, the exact dosage and to have the right formulation.
For my therapies, I only use certified natural products which are mainly applied intravenously into the bloodstream. By doing this, we ensure to have the highest concentration inside and around the tumor cells.