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Doctor insights on: How Long Do Weekly Taxol Infusions Take

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Is neulasta needed with weekly taxol?

Is neulasta needed with weekly taxol?

No!: Neulasta 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. 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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Taxol (Definition)

Taxol or Paclitaxel is a chemotheaputic drug which is used to treat a variety of cancers including lung, breast, ovarian and head and neck cancers. It works by interfering with cell division. It is produced by a fungus that lives in a ...Read more


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Neulasta with weekly taxol, is this okay?

Neulasta with weekly taxol, is this okay?

No!: Neulasta 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. 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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For how long does leg pain from Taxol last?

For how long does leg pain from Taxol last?

2-3 days: It typically starts on day 3 and lasts for 2 or 3 days. Usually lasts for 3 days. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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After taxol reaction for 3b squamous nsclc, husband is on weekly treatment, 2 wks abraxane, then 1 w/ abraxane/carboplatin. Is it normal & effective?

Yes its a good alter: If your husband has allergy to Taxol, then using Abraxane as an alternative is a good decision. This treatment works well in about half (50%) of the patients, not in the others. You will know within 6 to 8 weeks of chemotherapy treatments. ...Read more

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What exactly does Taxol affect?

What exactly does Taxol affect?

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 works by preventing the microtubules from functioning properly. Consequently, the cells can't divide properly and cancer growth is slowed. ...Read more

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What should I do if overdose taxol?

What should I do if overdose taxol?

Call your doctor: Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much taxol. Overdose symptoms may include numbness or tingling, fever, chills, mouth sores, unusual bleeding or weakness, or any signs of infection. ...Read more

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How does Taxol affect cells in the body?

How does Taxol affect cells in the body?

Stops cell division: Taxol is a chemotherapeutic agent that act to arrest rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells. As such, it can also impede certain "normal" cell division such as white blood cels. Cell counts must be monitored frequently during treatment with this agent. ...Read more

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What are some contraindications of taxol?

Not too many: Taxol is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to taxol or other drugs made in cremophor el (polyoxyethylated castor oil). Taxol also should not be used in patients with solid tumors who have white counts of less than 1500 cells/mm3 or in patients with aids-related kaposi’s sarcoma with baseline white counts of less than 1000 cells/mm3. ...Read more

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Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more