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Often used for:
Breast cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Lung cancer, relapsed Germ cell tumors
Paclitaxel is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells.
Paclitaxel is usually given as an infusion once every 3 weeks. Patients will be monitored to watch for infusion-related side effects. Before treatment, patients will be given medicines to help prevent an allergic reaction.
Paclitaxel can cause tissue damage if it leaks from the vein. Patients may have irritation and skin damage at the IV site. Let a caregiver know if there is burning during administration.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function.
Given as a liquid into a vein by IV
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: hives, rash, itching, difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, low blood pressure
Not all patients who take paclitaxel will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience long-term or late effects of treatment that may continue or develop months or years after treatment ends. Possible late effects due to paclitaxel include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.