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Doctor insights on: Taxol Flushed Cheeks

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Who should not use Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Taxol (paclitaxel): TAXOL (paclitaxel) is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to TAXOL (paclitaxel) or other drugs formulated in Cremophor® EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil). TAXOL (paclitaxel) should not be used in patients with solid tumors who have baseline neutrophil counts of ...Read more

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What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

Drug from a tree: Taxol is a chemotherapy drug used commonly to treat breast cancer. It's generic name is paclitaxel. It is also used to treat ovarian, lung, prostate, bladder, melanoma, esophageal cancer and other solid tumor cancers. It is made fromthe pacific yew tree bark. It works by preventing the cancer cells from dividing and therefore stops their growth. ...Read more

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What exactly does Taxol (paclitaxel) affect?

Stops cell division.: In order to grow and spread, cancer cells need to divide and make copies of themselves. In order to divide and make copies of itself, the cell must prepare by organizing a kind of internal scaffolding, called microtubules. Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing the microtubules from functioning properly. Consequently, the cells can't divide properly and cancer growth is slowed. ...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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Does Taxol (paclitaxel) stabilize microtubules?

Taxol (paclitaxel): Yes. You can read about this "Insights into the mechanism of microtubule stabilization by Taxol" See: http://www.pnas.org/content/103/27/10166.full ...Read more

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What should I do if overdose taxol (paclitaxel)?

What should I do if overdose taxol (paclitaxel)?

Call your doctor: Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much taxol (paclitaxel). Overdose symptoms may include numbness or tingling, fever, chills, mouth sores, unusual bleeding or weakness, or any signs of infection. ...Read more

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How does Taxol (paclitaxel) affect cells in the body?

Stops cell division: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapeutic agent that act to arrest rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells. As such, it can also impede certain "normal" cell division such as white blood cels. Cell counts must be monitored frequently during treatment with this agent. ...Read more

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