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Stages Of Neuropathy From Taxol Chemotherapy
My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
Peripheral neuropath: Most commonly presented as numbness/decreased sensation and tingling on your fingers and toes (stocking-glove pattern) . When it is worse it can then be presented as pain / discomfort on your hands and feet. ( painful neuropathy). Sometimes, particular chemotherapy like oxaliplatin also can give you cold induced pain. Chemo induced neuropathy - usually is accumulative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long will I need to take vitamin B6 for peripheral neuropathy that was caused by 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paclitaxel: Paclitaxel or taxol 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
I'm taking Taxol chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?
Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar 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
Currently taking Taxol 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 for pain control but make sure that you do not have fever. With low counts or Fever, tylenol is not safe unless your doctor is monitoring your condition. ...Read more
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