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Doctor insights on: Taxol Avestin Combo

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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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Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Get Oncotype: In order to answer this question, more details are needed (size of tumor, lymph node involvement, etc). A test that will help to decide if you need chemotherapy or not is the oncotype dx. I highly recommend you speak with your oncologist and even consider a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?

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Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?

Good options: Both are good options. It will depend on safety profiles and the need of using steroid with zytiga (abiraterone acetate) but not for extandi. Discuss further with your oncologist to select which one is the best for you. ...Read more

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Azd 6244- mek inhibitor- a selective mitogen-activated protein kinase (mek) inhibitor. Mk 2206- akt inhibitor. Why prescription for me? It ? Nsclc/mets

Azd 6244- mek inhibitor- a selective mitogen-activated protein kinase (mek) inhibitor.    Mk 2206-  akt inhibitor.  Why  prescription for me? It ? Nsclc/mets

Molecular targeting: These agents are designed to selectively knock out key pathways your tumor may use to grow. Presumably you already had your tumor tested for these different mutations. Ask the doctor offering these options to explain their rationale. These are investigational studies and many of the treatment costs may be covered-ask. ...Read more

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Who should avoid taking taxol (paclitaxel)?

Who should avoid taking taxol (paclitaxel)?

Discontinued: Taxol (paclitaxel) has been discontinued in the us. There was originally concern because of the environmental impact of its original sourcing, no longer used, from the pacific yew. In addition, the assignment of rights, and even the name itself, to bristol-myers squibb were the subject of public debate and congressional hearings. ...Read more

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Is herceptin (trastuzumab) effective in treating bowel cancer?

Is herceptin (trastuzumab) effective in treating bowel cancer?

No: There is no evidence that Herceptin (trastuzumab) is useful in treating colon cancer. It' s use has been expanded to patients with metastatic esophageal and stomach cancers who over express the her2 protein ...Read more

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Unpleasant side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and taxol?

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Carbo / taxol (paclitaxel): Please open these links for answers: carboplatin http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695017.Html paclitaxel http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607070.Html if any concern, see and discuss in detail with your oncologist., . ...Read more

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Question about the side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and Taxol together?

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Carbo/taxol info: Paraplatin ( carboplatin) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695017.Html paclitaxel (taxol) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607070.Html. ...Read more

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Is the chemo drug, docetaxel (taxotere) a carboplatin based duplex ?

Is the chemo drug, docetaxel (taxotere) a carboplatin based duplex ?

YES DOUBLET: Taxotere (docetaxel) + carboplatin: is a combination regimen used in certain cancers like lung, ovary and breast (with herceptin). ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) 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 (pegfilgrastim). 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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Is the chemo drug docetaxel (taxotere) considered a carboplatin based duplex?

Is the chemo drug docetaxel (taxotere) considered a carboplatin based duplex?

No: Carboplatin and docetaxel (taxotere) are different drugs. They are often used together as part of a "platinum-based doublet" such as in lung cancer chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

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

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Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?

Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?

Newer treatment: In treatment of Cancer, newer drugs come along and are then compared to the standard(old/conventional treatments). If the new treatment if better(more effective or less toxic) then the new drug takes over and the older drugs put on the back burner. That is what has happened in this instance. This is what has happened in the treatment of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Why hasn't viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) taken off as the new branded blockbuster drug..Such as lexapro, cymbalta etc./is it about side effects-effectiveness-insurance cov.

Why hasn't viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) taken off as the new branded blockbuster drug..Such as lexapro, cymbalta etc./is it about side effects-effectiveness-insurance cov.

Slow marketing: I believe the reason has been somewhat slow marketing and releasing it before proving that it also has effectiveness in anxiety as well. Some of the initial side effects needs to be overcome by taking the initial starter packet and using two of them instead of one so that the upward taper occurs less aggressively. The harder it is to get patient and physician compliance, the harder it is to sell. ...Read more

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Which is the better cytotoxic drug (adriamycin (doxorubicin) or ifosfamide) for synovial sarcoma?

Which is the better cytotoxic drug (adriamycin (doxorubicin) or ifosfamide) for synovial sarcoma?

Chemotherapy for SS: I would potentially seek out an opinion from the mayo clinic oncology department who are not very far north of you. I can help set that up for you. Please contact me at David.stockman@orthopath.com ...Read more

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Are the drugs faslodex (fulvestrant) and Xeloda similiar?

Are the drugs faslodex (fulvestrant) and Xeloda similiar?

NO: Faslodex (fulvestrant) - is hormone therapy for metastatic breast cancer, it`s given as an injection. Xeloda - is an oral chemotherapy drug that can also be used in metastatic breast cancer as well as in other cancers. ...Read more