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What exactly does taxol (paclitaxel) affect?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
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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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Cancer: This is a potent cancer drug for the treatment of ovarian cancer. It is complicated, and if you are prescribed it you should go through all the reactions and precautions with your oncologist.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 53 years experience
Drug from a tree: Taxol is a chemotherapy drug used commonly to treat breast cancer. It's generic name is paclitaxel. It is also used to treat ovarian, lung, prostate, bladder, melanoma, esophageal cancer and other solid tumor cancers. It is made fromthe pacific yew tree bark. It works by preventing the cancer cells from dividing and therefore stops their growth.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

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Dr. Vinni Juneja
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a widely used chemotherapy drug for breast, lung, head/neck, esophageal cancers.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 34 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.
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