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

Paclitaxel. Paclitaxel or Taxol (paclitaxel) 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.

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My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?

Yes it can be. Taxol (paclitaxel) is a great drug but does cause some discomfort in the form of neuropathy but it is temporary problem and should not become a major issue even if you continue the drug use. Read more...
Yes. It is one of the side effect , speak to the oncologist , it is good drug to stop the cancer cell growth. Good Luck. Read more...

Would I benefit from Taxol (paclitaxel) if I have breast cancer?

Depends. ...On the stage and characteristics of the cancer and your general health. Taxol (paclitaxel) is a good drug, very beneficial for early stage and advanced cancer but i cannot tell you a definite answer without more info. Read more...

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...

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) 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...
Mitosis Inhibitor. Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapy drug. The role of Taxol (paclitaxel) is to inhibit cells from undergoing mitosis (duplicating themselves). It is used in breast, ovarian and other cancers. It was originally synthesized from the texas yew tree. Read more...

I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) 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...
Not pharmacist. Dermatologist. Use skin cleanser specific for dry skin such as Dove. Vaseline, Aquaphor, or chapstick will help your lips. A ceramide cream will be good for your skin, using several times a day, especially after in water. Eucerin eczema, Aveeno (oatmeal) eczema, CeraVe, generics, many others available OTC. Read more...

Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Hand swelling and pain. This is most likely side effect of Taxol (paclitaxel). Some side effects of taxol (paclitaxel) are neuropathy which is damaging of the nerve fibers joint pains and sometimes swelling of extremities. Most of this side effects get better after stopping the treatment but the neuropathy sometimes persists and requires lifelong medications. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss this problem. . Read more...

Finished taking Taxol (paclitaxel) 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 (paclitaxel). 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...

Currently taking Taxol (paclitaxel) 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 (acetaminophen) for pain control but make sure that you do not have fever. With low counts or Fever, tylenol (acetaminophen) is not safe unless your doctor is monitoring your condition. Read more...