Cisplatin is a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat cancer of the testicles, ovaries or bladder. This drug is usually used in conjunction with other chemotherapy drugs when radiation therapy or other chemotherapy has failed to adequately control cancer. Cisplatin contains platinum; the platinum as well as other ingredients in the drug inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
This drug can cause kidney damage or failure. Patients should not take this drug if they are currently being treated for kidney problems and should tell their doctors immediately if they have symptoms of kidney problems such as lower back pain, difficulty urinating or unusual fatigue.
Cisplatin can also cause hearing loss in both adults and children, though children are especially susceptible to this side effect. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience hearing difficulties, ringing in your ears or extreme dizziness.