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How does Taxol (paclitaxel) treat cancer?

How does Taxol (paclitaxel) treat cancer?

Inhibits division: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapy drug that inhibits microtubules. This ends up inhibiting cell replication thereby making it difficult for cancer cells to continue dividing. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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How can Taxol (paclitaxel) against the cancer?

How can Taxol (paclitaxel) against the cancer?

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. ...Read more

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How can Taxol (paclitaxel) affect cancer cells?

How can Taxol (paclitaxel) affect cancer cells?

Taxol (paclitaxel): ...Works in cellular organelles called microtubules, which are the structures that separate the chromosomes during cell division. Taxol (paclitaxel) stabilizes the tubules and interrupts the normal cellular division process. ...Read more

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How effective is Paclitaxel (Taxol) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is Paclitaxel (Taxol) for treating lung cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Would i benefit from Taxol (paclitaxel) if I have breast cancer?

Would i benefit from Taxol (paclitaxel) if I have breast cancer?

Depends: ...On the stage and characteristics of the cancer and your general health. Taxol (paclitaxel) is a good drug, very beneficial for early stage and advanced cancer but i cannot tell you a definite answer without more info. ...Read more

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Any ideas why Taxol (paclitaxel) (for cancer patients) affects the bone joints?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol? I have three stage 4 cancers.

What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol?  I have three stage 4 cancers.

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. ...Read more

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AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2,path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?

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. ...Read more

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Can the reoccurance of cervix cancer within pelvis be cured with chemo[carboplatin+taxol]?

Can the reoccurance of cervix cancer within pelvis be cured with chemo[carboplatin+taxol]?

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. ...Read more