How Does Cisplatin Work?Cisplatin is part of a group of medications called platinum analogues. It also belongs to a larger group of chemotherapy drugs known as alkylating agents. Cisplatin kills cells (including cancer cells and normal cells) by causing abnormal linkages in DNA, the genetic material of cells. This is known as cross-linking.
Can Children Use Cisplatin?Cisplatin is approved only for adults, as it has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using cisplatin in children.
Off-Label UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend cisplatin for something other than ovarian, testicular, or bladder cancer (such uses are known as "off-label" uses). Using cisplatin to treat any other type of cancer would be considered an off-label use.