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What is the role of Taxol in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol in 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 more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Taxol (Definition)

Taxol or Paclitaxel is a chemotheaputic drug which is used to treat a variety of cancers including lung, breast, ovarian and head and neck cancers. It works by interfering with cell division. It is produced by a fungus that lives in a ...Read more


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Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol ?

Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol ?

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

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I'm taking Taxol chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

I'm taking Taxol chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

Lips and skin: Pharmacists are, in my opinion, the best folks to help you select the best 'over the counter" creams for your lips and something else for your skin. If you decide to go that route please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Currently taking Taxol chemotherapy, have a cold. Hurts to swallow, chest hurts when I cough. Is there anything I can do?

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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Finished taking Taxol chemotherapy, hands and fingers swollen. What can I do for swelling to go away?

Finished taking Taxol chemotherapy, hands and fingers swollen. What can I do for swelling to go away?

It will go away: All the changes in your skin and hair will go away in a short time after your last dose of Taxol. Most patients are fully recovered in 3 to 6 months. So do not worry about the swelling...there is no treatment for it but your body are repair and normalize it slowly but surely. ...Read more

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Why do chemotherapy regimens consist of multiple drugs instead of just one?

Why do chemotherapy regimens consist of multiple drugs instead of just one?

Sometimes not: Your oncologist will search out the most likely single or combination program, that you can tolerate to kill the cancer with out killing you... To put it bluntly. This takes a great deal of experience and trials with close follow up of your response to manage. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more