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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cisplatino

Cisplatin (sis-PLA-tin)
A drug used to treat many types of cancer. Cisplatin contains the metal platinum. It kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA and stopping them from dividing. Cisplatin is a type of alkylating agent. Also called Platinol.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.