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Docetaxel (Taxotere) for the Treatment of Cancer (5586)

Docetaxel (Taxotere) for the Treatment of Cancer (5586) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Cancer, BMT, Hematology


For the Treatment of Cancer

What it is
Docetaxel (Taxotere®) is chemotherapy given for
the treatment of cancer.

How it is given
It is infused into a vein (IV).

Common side effects
ξ Reduced blood counts (white blood cells,
red blood cells, and platelets) 1-2 weeks
after treatment
ξ Hair loss will occur, but will regrow
ξ Mouth sores
ξ Fatigue and weakness
ξ Fluid retention
ξ Nausea and vomiting
ξ Diarrhea
ξ Nail changes (color changes, ridges in
ξ Allergic reaction which may include
fever, chills, trouble breathing,
wheezing, chest tightness, back pain,
flushing, and/or itchy skin rash.
Report any of these symptoms right
away to your nurse or doctor.
ξ Mild muscle and joint aches may occur
for a few days after treatment
ξ Numbness, tingling of fingers tips and

Less common side effects
ξ Skin rash with or without itching
ξ Liver function may change, but this will be
closely watched by lab tests

When to call your doctor
ξ Temperature greater 100.4 θ F
ξ Skin rash
ξ Mouth sores

Special Concerns:
ξ You will be given steroid medicine before the
docetaxel to decrease the chance of having
allergic reactions and swelling. This medicine
may need to be taken at home starting the day
before your treatment
ξ You will have blood test to look at blood
counts and liver function

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using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Printed in 7/2017 by the University of
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