Cisplatin is approved to treat adults who have testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, or bladder cancer. In some situations, this prescription medication can be combined with other chemotherapy medicines. It works by killing cancer cells (as well as normal cells) by interfering with the formation of normal DNA links. Possible off-label uses of cisplatin include treating any other type of cancer.
What Is Cisplatin Used For?Cisplatin is a prescription chemotherapy medication. It is approved for treating the following types of cancer:
Cisplatin for Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer (cancer of the testes) is a common type of cancer in young men. However, it is considered a very "curable" type of cancer. Treatment is more likely to be successful when the cancer is found early.
Testicular cancer treatment options include:
- Surgery (see Testicular Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Testicular Cancer Radiation Therapy)
- Chemotherapy (see Testicular Cancer Chemotherapy).
Cisplatin is approved for use in combination with other chemotherapy medications (in a chemotherapy "regimen") to treat metastatic testicular cancer in men who have already received appropriate surgery and/or radiation treatments. "Metastatic" means that the cancer has already spread from the testes.