Doctor insights on:
Taxol As An Alternative To Taxotere
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
There may be: It depends on the type of cancer it is being used for. If it is for breast or lung cancer, yes there is a similar drug called Paclitaxel which can replace it in most cases. Discuss this option with your doctor. Another new drug is called nab-paclitaxel which is the best drug among the 3 of them. ...Read more
Is mitomycin-n, an injectible medicine, a possible alternative to radiation therapy for cheek carcinoma?
No: Chemotherapy alone is not generally used for treating cancers of the head & neck. Surgery may be an alternative to radiation therapy for cheek cancers. Depending on the extent of the cancer, surgery could be significantly more morbid than radiation therapy. You might consider a consultation at a multi-disciplinary program with head & neck surgeons, radiation oncologists & medical oncologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ifosfamide toxicity: The main side effects are alopecia, leukopenia(decline in white blood cells), blood in urine, which is related to a metabolite of the prodrug.Mesna is typically infused along with Ifosfamide to help neutralize the metabolite. Nausea and neuro toxicities round out the rest of the side-effects. ...Read more
Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more
Yes, but see below: Both, especially Copaxone (glatiramer) are quite safe, but require injections, with risk of skin reactions with both, and permanent site dimpling with copaxone (glatiramer). Rebif can cause flu-like rxtns, depression, liver issues, thyroid problems, in addition. Copaxone (glatiramer) may have brief chest pain, breathlessness, and flushing after injection.(hypertension is reported) Copaxone (glatiramer) is safer for pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reduce toxicity with: Fortunately I have not had to use it personally but some of my patients have.Doxorubicin can cause nausea, vomiting, low white blood cell count & hair loss, but the most serious side effect is serious heart failure.There is evidence that taking vit c, e, b2, coq10, carnitine and melatonin can protect against cardiotoxicity while enhancing effectiveness! i strongly advise taking these. See comment:. ...Read more
It depends: Chemotherapy is the proven best treatment for most such cases . If there is only 1-2 mets, such tumors can be removed and may be curable with combined use chemotherapy and surgery. Chemo-embolization is not a standard treatment, although it has been used effectively by some oncologists. Ask your oncologist the pros and cons of your multiple choices or you should seek a second opinion to explore ...Read more
Husband is being put on carboplatin/arbraxane for 3b squamous nsclc, after taxol (paclitaxel) reaction. Concurrent radation therapy. Is this an effective plan?
In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?
One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more
What medical information/product training are oncologists and gynecologists given before they prescribe a drug such as an aromatose inhibitor?
Diabetes: Diazoxide or "proglycem" is an oral hypoglycemic, which is particularly helpful in patients who suffer from hyperinsulinemia, or those who are not responding well to insulin. I believe the mechanism of action is for diazoxide to increase the sensitivity of Insulin to peripheral receptors, helping glucose to pass across cell membranes into the inner cell, where it can be used to produce energ. ...Read more
Is alternative therapy effective? Or it can be taken as only add up therapy to conventional drug therapy?
Broad question: Alternative therapy can mean anything from taking herbal supplements to chanting mantras while sitting under crystals. It's impossible to say that all alternative therapy is effective or that no alternative therapy is effective. The best approach to either alternative or conventional therapy is to follow the scientific evidence and use what has been demonstrated to work. ...Read more
Is Entyvio meant to be an alternative to oral mesalamines like Lialda? Why consider it? Is the risk profile better?
Entyvio Vs. Mesalamine : Entyvio and mesalamine are different types of medications. They can be used separately or together. The goal of Biologics such as Entyvio is to induce remission, while mesalamine derivatives reduce inflammation but do not induce remission. They have different side effect profiles, and either can be a valid approach in various patient circumstances. Talk to your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Is the low cost biosimilar drugs as effective as original biologics to treat autoimmune diseases?
Not even close: There are no low cost biosimilar drugs that have any value. All biologics are still under patent protection so no generics are available. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Taxotere versus taxol
- Difference between taxol and taxotere
- Taxol vs taxotere side effects
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Chemo alternative to taxol
- Alternatives to taxol for non metastatic breast cancer
- Talk to a pharmacologist online for free