What does Taxol do to your body?
Taxol (paclitaxel) is a cancer chemotherapy medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body and is used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. Taxol is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma.
What is the strongest chemo drug?
Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) is one of the most powerful chemotherapy drugs ever invented. It can kill cancer cells at every point in their life cycle, and it’s used to treat a wide variety of cancers.
Do the side effects of Taxol get worse with each treatment?
It causes numbness or a tingling feeling in the hands and/or feet, often in the pattern of a stocking or glove. This can get progressively worse with additional doses of the medication. In some people, the symptoms slowly resolve after the medication is stopped, but for some it never goes away completely.
What are long term effects of Taxol?
What cancer treatments cause late effects?
|Chemotherapy||Dental problems Early menopause Hearing loss Heart problems Increased risk of other cancers Infertility Loss of taste Lung disease Nerve damage Osteoporosis Reduced lung capacity|
What are the negative impacts of Taxol?
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, muscle/joint pain, numbness/tingling/burning of the hands/feet, flushing, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly. Temporary hair loss may occur.
Do you ever fully recover from chemotherapy?
Most people say it takes 6 to 12 months after they finish chemotherapy before they truly feel like themselves again. Read the resource Managing Cognitive Changes: Information for Cancer Survivors for more information about managing chemo brain.
Does Chemo make you age faster?
Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other cancer treatments cause aging at a genetic and cellular level, prompting DNA to start unraveling and cells to die off sooner than normal. Bone marrow transplant recipients are eight times more likely to become frail than their healthy siblings.
How long after Taxol will I feel better?
The rule of thumb I usually tell my patients is that it takes about two months of recovery time for every one month of treatment before energy will return to a baseline. Everyone is different but at least this gives you a ballpark. This is a lot longer than most people assume.
How bad is taxol chemo?
Taxol is an irritant. An irritant is a chemical that can cause inflammation of the vein through which it is given. If the medication escapes from the vein it can cause tissue damage. The nurse or doctor who gives Taxol must be carefully trained.
How do you know if Taxol is working?
The best way to tell if chemotherapy is working for your cancer is through follow-up testing with your doctor. Throughout your treatment, an oncologist will conduct regular visits, and blood and imaging tests to detect cancer cells and whether they’ve grown or shrunk.
How long does taxol chemo take?
You usually have paclitaxel as cycles of treatment. You might have it on its own or with other chemotherapy drugs. You have paclitaxel as a drip into your bloodstream (intravenously). Each treatment takes either 1 hour, 3 hours or 24 hours.