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Carboplatin (Carboplatin) - Summary



Carboplatin Injection should be administered under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Appropriate management of therapy and complications is possible only when adequate treatment facilities are readily available.

Bone marrow suppression is dose related and may be severe, resulting in infection and/or bleeding. Anemia may be cumulative and may require transfusion support. Vomiting is another frequent drug-related side effect.

Anaphylactic-like reactions to Carboplatin Injection have been reported and may occur within minutes of Carboplatin Injection administration. Epinephrine, corticosteroids, and antihistamines have been employed to alleviate symptoms.



Carboplatin Injection

Carboplatin Injection is supplied as a sterile, aqueous solution available in 50 mg/5 mL, 150 mg/15 mL, 450 mg/45 mL or 600 mg/60 mL multi-dose vials containing 10 mg/mL of carboplatin for administration by intravenous infusion.

Carboplatin Injection is indicated for the following:

Initial Treatment of Advanced Ovarian Carcinoma

Carboplatin Injection is indicated for the initial treatment of advanced ovarian carcinoma in established combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents. One established combination regimen consists of Carboplatin Injection and cyclophosphamide. Two randomized controlled studies conducted by the NCIC and SWOG with carboplatin vs. cisplatin, both in combination with cyclophosphamide, have demonstrated equivalent overall survival between the two groups (see CLINICAL STUDIES).

There is limited statistical power to demonstrate equivalence in overall pathologic complete response rates and long-term survival (≥ 3 years) because of the small number of patients with these outcomes: the small number of patients with residual tumor <2 cm after initial surgery also limits the statistical power to demonstrate equivalence in this subgroup.

Secondary Treatment of Advanced Ovarian Carcinoma

Carboplatin Injection is indicated for the palliative treatment of patients with ovarian carcinoma recurrent after prior chemotherapy, including patients who have been previously treated with cisplatin.

Within the group of patients previously treated with cisplatin, those who have developed progressive disease while receiving cisplatin therapy may have a decreased response rate.

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Media Articles Related to Carboplatin

New Biomarker Predicts PARP Response in Ovarian Cancer
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines [2014.11.21]
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Medscape Medical News

Researchers identify biological indicator of response to new ovarian cancer drug
Source: Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today [2014.11.21]
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Published Studies Related to Carboplatin

BEAM: a randomized phase II study evaluating the activity of bevacizumab in combination with carboplatin plus paclitaxel in patients with previously untreated advanced melanoma. [2012]
metastatic melanoma... CONCLUSION: The study did not meet the primary objective of statistically

Carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel doublet chemotherapy compared with monotherapy in elderly patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: IFCT-0501 randomised, phase 3 trial. [2011.09.17]
BACKGROUND: Platinum-based doublet chemotherapy is recommended to treat advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in fit, non-elderly adults, but monotherapy is recommended for patients older than 70 years. We compared a carboplatin and paclitaxel doublet chemotherapy regimen with monotherapy in elderly patients with advanced NSCLC... INTERPRETATION: Despite increased toxic effects, platinum-based doublet chemotherapy was associated with survival benefits compared with vinorelbine or gemcitabine monotherapy in elderly patients with NSCLC. We feel that the current treatment paradigm for these patients should be reconsidered. FUNDING: Intergroupe Francophone de Cancerologie Thoracique, Institut National du Cancer. Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Randomized phase II study of pemetrexed, carboplatin, and thoracic radiation with or without cetuximab in patients with locally advanced unresectable non-small-cell lung cancer: Cancer and Leukemia Group B trial 30407. [2011.08.10]
PURPOSE: Cancer and Leukemia Group B conducted a randomized phase II trial to investigate two novel chemotherapy regimens in combination with concurrent thoracic radiation therapy (TRT)... CONCLUSION: The combination of pemetrexed, carboplatin, and TRT met the prespecified criteria for further evaluation. This regimen should be studied further in patients with locally advanced unresectable nonsquamous NSCLC.

Randomized phase III placebo-controlled trial of carboplatin and paclitaxel with or without the vascular disrupting agent vadimezan (ASA404) in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. [2011.08.01]
PURPOSE: This phase III trial was conducted to test whether the novel vascular disrupting agent ASA404 (vadimezan), when combined with first-line platinum-based chemotherapy, improves survival in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) versus chemotherapy alone... CONCLUSION: The addition of ASA404 to carboplatin and paclitaxel, although generally well tolerated, failed to improve frontline efficacy in advanced NSCLC.

Decreased hypersensitivity reactions with carboplatin-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin compared to carboplatin-paclitaxel combination: analysis from the GCIG CALYPSO relapsing ovarian cancer trial. [2011.08]
OBJECTIVE: To describe and analyze observed hypersensitivity reactions (HSR) from the randomized, multicenter phase III CALYPSO trial that evaluated the efficacy and safety of the combination of carboplatin and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (CD) compared with standard carboplatin-paclitaxel (CP) in patients with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer (ROC)... CONCLUSIONS: Use of PLD with carboplatin instead of paclitaxel and older age were the only 2 factors predicting a low rate of HSRs in patients with ROC. CD has previously demonstrated superior progression-free survival and therapeutic index than CP. Taken together these data support the use of CD as a safe and effective therapeutic option for platinum-sensitive ROC. Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Clinical Trials Related to Carboplatin

Study of Pemetrexed + Carboplatin + Bevacizumab + Enzastaurin Versus Pemetrexed + Carboplatin + Bevacizumab + Placebo in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Who Have Not Been Previously Treated With Chemotherapy [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to determine if Pemetrexed plus Carboplatin plus Bevacizumab plus Enzastaurin, followed by maintenance Bevacizumab plus Enzastaurin can extend survival time without disease progression in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer.

Alternating Cycles of Carboplatin/Gemcitabine and Carboplatin/Taxol for Advanced Stage NSCLC [Recruiting]
To see the efficacy of using chemotherapies alternatively (carboplatin and gemcitabine alternating with carboplatin and taxol) for pts with stage IIIB (nonresectable and stage IV NSCLC.

Induction Chemotherapy Using Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, CPT-11 With Pegfilgrastim Followed by Radiotherapy and Paclitaxel/Carboplatin/ZD1839 in Locally Advanced Unresectable Stage IIIA/B Non-Small Cell Carcinoma of the Lung [Completed]
Patients enrolled on this study will have been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer which cannot be removed by an operation. The standard treatment for this disease is a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy; however, the best way to combine these treatments is not known. This study will examine if the combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy has an increased effect on slowing tumor growth with the addition of a drug called ZD1839.

In this study, chemotherapy will be given initially (induction therapy) to try to control the spread of the cancer. Then radiation and chemotherapy will be given together. Receiving chemotherapy at the same time as radiation treatments can enhance the effect of the radiation. In this study, patients will receive a drug called ZD1839. In laboratory tests on cancer cells, ZD1839 has shown an additive effect when used in combination with radiation. ZD1839 has also been shown to slow or stop growth in tumors.

The purpose of this study is to determine the side effects and effectiveness of using ZD1839 when used with radiation in this treatment regimen (induction chemotherapy followed by combination chemotherapy, ZD1839, and radiation therapy).

Study Comparing Weekly Taxol and Carboplatin vs Standard Taxol and Carboplatin Regimen for Stage IIIB or IV Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer [Completed]
Taxol and carboplatin are commonly used drugs for the treatment of stage IIIB or IV non small cell lung carcinoma.

This study compares treatment with Taxol/carboplatin given every 3 weeks to a schedule where it is given weekly.

The purpose of the study is to determine the most effective and safe schedule for giving these drugs in non small cell lung carcinoma.

Phase II Trial of Gemcitabine and Carboplatin Followed by Paclitaxel and Carboplatin With Radiation for Stage IIIA/IIIB NSCLC. [Active, not recruiting]
This is a single institution Phase II study for patients with unresectable Stage IIIA and IIIB non-small cell lung cancer. The treatment starts with 2 cycles of gemcitabine and carboplatin followed by concurrent chemotherapy with radiation. The chemoradiation includes using paclitaxel and carboplatin with daily thoracic radiation to a total dose of 74 Gy. Response rate will be determined following the chemotherapy with gemcitabine and carboplatin and evaluated again after the chemoradiation. Treatment toxicities will also be assessed.

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Reports of Suspected Carboplatin Side Effects

Vomiting (245)Nausea (244)Diarrhoea (237)Anaemia (233)Neutropenia (217)Febrile Neutropenia (206)Dyspnoea (202)Dehydration (166)Fatigue (165)Pyrexia (141)more >>

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