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How does taxol (paclitaxel) affect cells in the body?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Stops cell division: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapeutic agent that act to arrest rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells. As such, it can also impede certain "normal" cell division such as white blood cels. Cell counts must be monitored frequently during treatment with this agent.
Dr. Daniel Conway
General Surgery 36 years experience
Stops cell division : Taxol (paclitaxel) stabilizes the micro tubules within cells. This interrupts the normal process of cell division.

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What exactly does Taxol (paclitaxel) affect?

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Stops cell division.: In order to grow and spread, cancer cells need to divide and make copies of themselves. In order to divide and make copies of itself, the cell must prepare by organizing a kind of internal scaffolding, called microtubules. Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing the microtubules from functioning properly. Consequently, the cells can't divide properly and cancer growth is slowed.

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