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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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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol (paclitaxel) ?

Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol (paclitaxel) ?

Paclitaxel: Paclitaxel or Taxol (paclitaxel) is a micro tubule inhibitor. It has great activity in breast cancer. Side effects include low blood counts, hair loss, numbness and tingling which may persist despite stopping the drug. Typically given either weekly or every other week in breast cancer. It is mixed with a chemical called cremophor which can cause an allergic reaction so patients are monitored. ...Read more

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I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

Lips and skin: Pharmacists are, in my opinion, the best folks to help you select the best 'over the counter" creams for your lips and something else for your skin. If you decide to go that route please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Hand swelling and pain: This is most likely side effect of Taxol (paclitaxel). Some side effects of taxol (paclitaxel) are neuropathy which is damaging of the nerve fibers joint pains and sometimes swelling of extremities. Most of this side effects get better after stopping the treatment but the neuropathy sometimes persists and requires lifelong medications. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss this problem. ...Read more

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Finished taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, hands and fingers swollen. What can I do for swelling to go away?

Finished taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, hands and fingers swollen. What can I do for swelling to go away?

It will go away: All the changes in your skin and hair will go away in a short time after your last dose of Taxol (paclitaxel). Most patients are fully recovered in 3 to 6 months. So do not worry about the swelling...there is no treatment for it but your body are repair and normalize it slowly but surely. ...Read more

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Currently taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, have a cold. Hurts to swallow, chest hurts when I cough. Is there anything I can do?

Currently taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, have a cold. Hurts to swallow, chest hurts when I cough. Is there anything I can do?

Take pain meds: You should report this problem to your oncologist and ask for medication for what appears to be virus/Flu type of sore throat. If your blood counts are not low, you could also use tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control but make sure that you do not have fever. With low counts or Fever, tylenol (acetaminophen) is not safe unless your doctor is monitoring your condition. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Zofran (ondansetron)?: The more common issue is that the antinausea medicine causes the headache--especially zofran, (ondansetron) kytril, aloxi. So check your meds and ask your nurse or doctor. ...Read more

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My mom is getting extreme headaches from tamoxifen, what should she do? She completed chemotherapy and radiation a few months ago. She is now taking tamoxifen and she is having extreme headaches. Are these side affects of tamoxifen? Also, she was still ge

My mom is getting extreme headaches from tamoxifen, what should she do? She completed chemotherapy and radiation a few months ago. She is now taking tamoxifen and she is having extreme headaches. Are these side affects of tamoxifen? Also, she was still ge

Probably yes: Tamoxifen causes side effects in many women. Headaches are a common side effect. Your mom should ask her oncologist about this. Sometimes it just takes time to adjust to the medication. Other times women are changed to a medication called an aromatase inhibitor, but only if post-menopausal. It's really important for her to talk to her doc and get this problem solved! (and it can be solved!). ...Read more

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Is a headache a sign of falling hair when you undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Is a headache a sign of falling hair when you undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Unlikely: Some patients will have aches and tingling at the hair roots after chemotherapy. A headache is typically related to something else. ...Read more

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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues.The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt! chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects(like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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