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My dad will be given cisplatin for squamos carcinoma cell of a mass removed from neck.is this medicine strong on him? Pet scan clear of mestatsis.

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Dose is tailored

platinum-based medication in treatment of squamous cell cancers after surgery, and often in addition to radiation is the drug of choice.
Depending on your dad's kidney function, and overall status, dose of the medication can be adjusted. Sister drug to cisplatin is carboplatin and sometimes used. Erbitux is a new alternative, different side effects, not as effective.

In brief: Dose is tailored

platinum-based medication in treatment of squamous cell cancers after surgery, and often in addition to radiation is the drug of choice.
Depending on your dad's kidney function, and overall status, dose of the medication can be adjusted. Sister drug to cisplatin is carboplatin and sometimes used. Erbitux is a new alternative, different side effects, not as effective.
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