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Want to stay on herceptin (trastuzumab) and switch from Taxol to gemzar. What is the difference?

Want to stay on herceptin (trastuzumab) and switch from Taxol to gemzar.  What is the difference?

Less neuropathy: Unlike taxol, (paclitaxel) gemcitabine does not cause neuropathy. It can cause low platelets. It can also cause fluid retention. Also it is usually given 2 weeks on and 1 week off. Unlike Taxol (paclitaxel) which typically is given weekly. That is about it in regards to the difference. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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How effective is xeloda (capecitabine)?

How effective is xeloda (capecitabine)?

In certain cancer: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemo, which is a prodrug of 5-fluorouracil- a type of chemotherapy that has been used for many different cancers. Xeloda (capecitabine) is an effective chemotherapy for some cancers- such as gastrointestinal cancers ( colon, rectal, stomach, esophageal etc), breast cancer- but not for all type of cancer. ...Read more

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What is Taxol (paclitaxel) typically used for?

What is Taxol (paclitaxel) typically used for?

Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a very effective chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of some forms of breast and ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a widely used chemotherapy drug for breast, lung, head/neck, esophageal cancers. ...Read more

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What are some contraindications of taxol (paclitaxel)?

Not too many: Taxol (paclitaxel) is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to Taxol (paclitaxel) or other drugs made in cremophor el (polyoxyethylated castor oil). Taxol (paclitaxel) 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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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Gemcitabine Hydrochloride (Definition)

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Gemzar (Definition)

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