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How does taxol (paclitaxel) treat cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapy drug that inhibits microtubules. This ends up inhibiting cell replication thereby making it difficult for cancer cells to continue dividing.

Answered Jan 9, 2015

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Dr. Morton Levitt answered

Specializes in Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical

Taxol (paclitaxel) blocks certain chemical receptors that bind to estrogens, which some breast cancers need to grow. By blocking the estrogen, the cancer cells are not stimulated to grow.

Answered Dec 9, 2012

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