Docetaxel Taxotere

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This chemotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Docetaxel (Taxotere) which is used with lung, breast and prostate cancers. It is also used to treat non-small cell lung cancer. It resembles Taxol in chemical structure. It was FDA approved in 1996 to treat advanced breast cancer in patients who have not responded well to chemotherapy with Adriamycin. In 1998, docetaxel was also approved by the FDA to treat cancer that has spread into other areas of the breast or other parts of the body after treatment with standard chemotherapy. Docetaxel inhibits the division of breast cancer cells by acting on the cells internal skeleton. The drug is usually given intravenously once every three weeks.

According to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) docetaxel (given with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide) is recommended as a possible adjuvant treatment for women with early node-positive breast cancer.

It can also be used for treatment of prostate and other cancers.

Side effects can include:  Lowered resistance to infection, fatigue, anaemia, bruising and bleeding. Additionally, docetaxel is also linked to fluid retention, pains in the joints and peripheral neuropathy. There may also be allergic reactions. You may also experience a change in the colour of your nails and allergic reactions and rashes.

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