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Chemical name: Carboplatin

Brand name: Paraplatin

Class: Platinum-based chemotherapy. There are no other platinum-based chemotherapies approved to treat breast cancer.

How it works: Platinum-based chemotherapy weakens or destroys breast cancer cells by damaging the genetic material in the cells and making it hard for cells to repair any genetic damage.

Uses: Carboplatin is used to treat advanced-stage breast cancer and usually is given in combination with other chemotherapy medicines.

How it's given: Carboplatin is given intravenously.

Side effects:

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