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Platinol Mesothelioma Treatment

Platinol is a form of chemotherapy that is effective against various types of cancer including mesothelioma. It is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds and it is designed to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells in your body. It is a white powder which becomes a clear, colorless liquid when it is prepared for use. It is taken intravenously.

Because Platinol affects good cells as well as cancer cells, adverse side effects are common and patients taking Platinol generally feel unwell. It's important that doctors pay close attention to their patients during this treatment and instruct them to promptly report any developing side effects. It is also important that the doctor instruct patients not to treat side effects themselves or use other medicines with out consultation.

The following are symptoms one might develop while taking Platinol which require the immediate attention of the treating doctor: black tarry stools, blood in urine, difficulty breathing, wheezing or cough, fever or chills, sore throat, hearing loss, increase or decrease in the amount of urine passed, passing urine more often at night, lower back pain, pain or difficulty passing urine, pain, swelling, redness or irritation at the injection site, ringing in the ears, swelling of the face, tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet, unusual bleeding or bruising, red spots on your skin, unusual tiredness or weakness, and vomiting.

Patients taking Platinol are more susceptible to infection and should be advised by their doctors to avoid exposure to people who have colds, the flu and bronchitis. They also should not be vaccinated for anything with out the prescriber's approval.

Platinol may also cause blood problems resulting in slow healing and a heightened risk of infection. For this reason it is important that patients avoid cutting or injuring themselves. Dental work as well as routine dental care may lead to lacerations in the mouth and requires the patient's utmost caution when involved with these activities.

Patients should keep well hydrated when they take Platinol. Most doctors recommend 8 to 12 full glasses of liquid on the day that medicine is taken and for 2 days thereafter. This will reduce the likelihood of kidney problems. Platinol should not be taken if you have had allergic reactions to any medicine containing platinum. It should also not be taken if a patient has a history of kidney or hearing problems. In all cases the doctor must conduct a thorough review of the patient's medical history.

If treatments are given at home the medicine must be stored at room temperature and kept in a kit that children can not open. It also must be protected from light and should be discarded when the expiration date passes.

It is important that the drug only be administered by a certified nurse or caregiver. Depending on the type and stage of cancer it may be administered daily or as often as every 4 weeks. If a patient misses a dose the clinic or health caregiver should be notified immediately.

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