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What exactly does taxol (paclitaxel) affect?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

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.

Answered 5/7/2017

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Dr. Terry Simpson answered

Specializes in General Surgery

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.

Answered 11/3/2016

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