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Cancer Treatment With Taxol Zoloda
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Kills cancer cells: Plclitaxel (taxol (paclitaxel)) originally isolated from yew plant, inhibits cell division (mitosis) normal perfect spindle assembly before it divides, is changed by Taxol (paclitaxel) cell will not proliferate and dies. It will do the same to normal cell also, you need expert oncologist to give a calculated dose to kill cancer cells only.See 1 more doctor answer
Taxol (paclitaxel): It depends on what cancer you are treating, you have to be more specific with your question.
Side effects vary: Gemzar (gemcitabine) is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy.See 1 more doctor answer
Some prolongation: • A large array of chemo agents are utilized in the treatment of non small cell Ca of lung. While Taxol is one of the primary agents, the Platinum agents such as Cisplatin, Carboplatin, Gemzar and Camptosar (irinotecan) are given alone or in combination with. Taxol. Because of the presence of malignant stem cells, resistant to chemo survival is in months. With immunochemo therapy survival improved.
Yes, I have some ide: Taxol is known to cause some aches and pains. They are called myalgia/arthralgias which are typically seen about one week after the injection and usually last no more than 3-4 days after each dose. They can be managed easily with use of tylenol (acetaminophen). Sometimes patients need a NSAID to control them in case tylenol (acetaminophen) fails to help and control them adequately.
AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2, path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?
Ask your oncologist!: You need to givel us more information...Did the tumor shrink on chemotherapy? How much. Shrinkage? If the tumor did not shrink much, that is a bad sign. But if it reduced in size substantially then you are on the right track. But your oncologist can address your questions and guide you better.
Ask your Oncologist: This is a question patients often ask their oncologists when he/she recommends chemotherapy. So you should ask and see the answer you get. Then we can also verify it for you, if needed.
Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant. .. Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?
Should be okay: You are receiving ac now and I think (and I hope) it should take care you cancer well --to shrink it down further- so you can have surgery in january. It is not safe to combine adriamyicn and Herceptin (trastuzumab) as it could give you significant problem with your heart. Once you are done with surgery- you will need Herceptin (trastuzumab) to be continued for 1 year.See 3 more doctor answers
Get Oncotype: In order to answer this question, more details are needed (size of tumor, lymph node involvement, etc). A test that will help to decide if you need chemotherapy or not is the oncotype dx. I highly recommend you speak with your oncologist and even consider a 2nd opinion.
My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?
Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C, lumpectomy, rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?
Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. And at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed.
Husband is being put on carboplatin/arbraxane for 3b squamous nsclc, after taxol (paclitaxel) reaction. Concurrent radation therapy. Is this an effective plan?
Yes it is!: This is the current recommended chemotherapy (along with concurrent radiotherapy) treatment plan. Hopefully it should work well. But it will take 6-8 weeks to see the full benefit.
Had an ultrasound that showed the liver to be slightly heterogeneous. Can that be due to past chemo therapy with Adriamycin, (doxorubicin) Cytoxan and Taxol?
Yes: Yes many drugs can affect the liver. Chemotherapy medications can cause these changes to the liver. Discuss this with your oncologist
Genetically differen: Cancer is a disease caused by bad genes but everyone's genes are different. So there are no two individuals whose cancers are entirely alike even with the same/similar diagnosis.
Which cancer?: Adjuvant (post surgery) treatment does have an end. Some metastatic treatments usually end at a maximum number of cycles of therapy (eg lung cancer - 6). Some treatments are continued in the advanced/metastatic setting until progressive disease or toxicity because they have been proven to (or thought to) improve survival.See 1 more doctor answer
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