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Oxaliplatin is a type of chemotherapy drug called an alkylating agent. It contains the metal platinum. It damages the DNA of cells and stops it from being copied. This stops or slows the growth of cancer cells and other rapidly growing cells and causes them to die.

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FDA Approved

FDA label information for this drug is available at DailyMed.

Use in Cancer

Oxaliplatin is approved to be used with fluorouracil and leucovorin calcium to treat:

Oxaliplatin is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.

More About Oxaliplatin

Definition from the NCI Drug Dictionary - Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.

MedlinePlus Information on Oxaliplatin - A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:

  • warnings about this drug,
  • what this drug is used for and how it is used,
  • what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
  • what you should know about this drug before using it,
  • other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
  • possible side effects.

Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.

Research Results and Related Resources

New Cancer Model Shows Promise in Predicting If Treatment Will Shrink Tumors

Clinical Trials Accepting Patients

Find Clinical Trials for Oxaliplatin - Check for trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients.

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