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Doctor insights on: Nails And Chemo Taxol Abraxane

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar (gemcitabine) adding about 8 wks to the overall survival in these patients. The drug,protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, It has almost the same extent of neuropathy. ...Read more

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What are the different side effects of Abraxane and Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Chemotoxicity: ABRAXANE is an Injectable suspension of paclitaxel , a derivative of Taxol formulated as albumin-bound nanoparticles with a mean particle size of approximately 130 nanometers and sodium acetyltryptophanate . Toxicity of taxol and abraxane are similar and present with numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet; Sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing dry cough, Low WBC and fever. ...Read more

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After taxol (paclitaxel) 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, (paclitaxel) 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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For chemo treatment, what is the difference between Carboplatin and Abraxane, why are they used at different intervals?

For chemo treatment, what is the difference between Carboplatin and Abraxane, why are they used at different intervals?

Different origins: Carboplatin is a derivative of the platinum class of drugs including oxaliplatin. Their target is DNA on the surface of the tumor with the purpose of destroying DNA function and is useful in an array of malignancies including breast, ovary, lung. Abraxane is a newer derivative of Taxol and has mostly employed along with or following Gemzar (gemcitabine) in pancreatic Ca. ...Read more

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What does it mean the edges are fading on a tumor? 3b nsclc. 26 rounds of rad, 6 chemo. Going to more aggressive abraxane/carboplatin starting 3/3.

What does it mean the edges are fading on a tumor?  3b nsclc.  26 rounds of rad, 6 chemo.  Going to more aggressive abraxane/carboplatin starting 3/3.

Tumor Border notes: First, God bless you and your family for your fight. Keep up your spirits if you can. Tumor border (and size) on CT can help us guess tumor activity but after XRT, fibrosis is hard to separate from viable cells. MRI and esp. PET may be better. These days with "biologic" treatments like Avastin, (bevacizumab) even these modalities may not be prognostic. An HT oncologist may give different insights. ...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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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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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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Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin .. diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin .. diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Yes: You have obviously survived the bilateral pulmonary emboli. You didn't mention being on Coumadin (warfarin) or any blood thinner but you should be if you are not(speak to your doctor). Hopefully, most of the clot on your lungs has dissolved. If you can't be on blood thinners for some reason, you could have a filter placed in your vena cava. Having cancer is a risk factor for having blood clots and pes. ...Read more