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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

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. ...Read more

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Taxol (paclitaxel) side effects

Taxol (paclitaxel) side effects

Many: The most common side effects are hair loss, lowered blood counts, neuropathy, leg pain, mouth sores, and severe allergic reaction due to the solvent used to dilute Taxol (paclitaxel) (called cremophor). ...Read more

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Can Taxol (paclitaxel) treat pneumonitis?

Can Taxol (paclitaxel) treat pneumonitis?

No: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat malignant, metastatic disease. Pneumonitis is an inflammatory process that needs antibiotics to bring the disease under control. One of the complications of chemo like Taxol (paclitaxel) is suppressing the immune system. As such reports appear that pneumonitis following the use of Taxol (paclitaxel) as in breast cancer occurs following the use of this agent. ...Read more

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How fast does hair grow after taxol (paclitaxel)?

How fast does hair grow after taxol (paclitaxel)?

Varies: Hair growth after hair loss due to chemotherapy is variable. In general if your hair grew fast prior to therapy it may return more quickly (months) then if you had slow growing hair or hair loss prior to therapy. ...Read more

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What are Taxol (paclitaxel) side effects to skin?

Numerous: According to the package insert, the following are possible side effects of Taxol (paclitaxel) to the skin: 1) yellowing or darkening of the skin 2) severe redness or swelling, severe irritation, a hard lump, or skin changes where the injection was given 3) easy bruising or red pinpoint spots under your skin 4) pale skin 5) temporary hair loss 6) numbness, tingling, or burning 7) nail changes. ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read more

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What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read more

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