(CAR-bo-pla-tin) Anticancer drug that belongs to the platinum family of chemotherapeutic agents. It is often used to treat ovarian and lung cancers, but may be used in the treatment of other types of cancers.
Carboplatin is a chemotherapy drug used against some forms of cancer (mainly ovarian carcinoma, lung, head and neck cancers). It was introduced in the late 1980s and has since gained popularity in clinical treatment due to its vastly reduced side-effects compared to its parent compound cisplatin. Cisplatin and carboplatin, as well as oxaliplatin, are classified as DNA alkylating agents.