Cisplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat cancer of the testicles, bladder, lung, stomach, esophagus, and ovaries, as well as other forms of cancer. Cisplatin can cause numerous side effects, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Kidney or liver damage
- Peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling of the extremities)
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ear
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal taste sensations
- Hair loss
Some of the treatments mentioned below have been advocated for preventing or treating cisplatin side effects. For information on the use of natural treatments as a support to cancer chemotherapy in general, see the Cancer Treatment article.
Black Cohosh The herb black cohosh is often used for menopausal symptoms. Because women receiving cancer chemotherapy may experience menopausal symptoms, black cohosh may appear a promising option. However, one test-tube study found that use of black cohosh may decrease the effectiveness of cisplatin. 1
MagnesiumPotassium There is some evidence that use of cisplatin may cause the body to develop potentially dangerous deficiencies of potassium and magnesium. 2-5 Taking supplements of these nutrients may be advisable.