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Paclitaxel (TAXOL®) for the Treatment of Cancer (5613)

Paclitaxel (TAXOL®) for the Treatment of Cancer (5613) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Cancer, BMT, Hematology


For the Treatment of Cancer

What it is
Paclitaxel (Taxol®) is chemotherapy given
for the treatment of cancer.

How it is given
It can be infused into the vein (IV) or into
your intraperitoneal (IP) cavity, which is the
area inside your abdominal wall.

Common side effects
ξ Reduced blood counts (red blood cells,
white blood cell, platelets) 1 to 2 weeks
after treatment
ξ Complete hair loss will occur but will
grow back
ξ Numbness, tingling, or burning in your
hands or feet
ξ Nausea and vomiting
ξ Fatigue
ξ Muscle and joint aches may occur for
several days after treatment

Less common side effects
ξ Mouth or lip sores, sore throat
ξ Taste changes
ξ Diarrhea
ξ Headache
ξ Liver function may change, but this will
be closely watched by lab tests
ξ Mood changes
ξ Slow or abnormal heart beat
ξ Low blood pressure
ξ Allergic reaction may occur at the time
of the infusion

When to call your doctor
ξ Fever of 100.4 θ F or greater
ξ Muscle and joint aches that are not
relieved by acetaminophen (Tylenol )
ξ Nausea or vomiting not controlled with
ξ Irritation at the infusion site
ξ Severe stomach pain
ξ Severe diarrhea
ξ Symptoms of an allergic reaction such
o Rash or hives
o Flushing
o Itching
o Trouble breathing
o Sudden swelling of your face, lips,
tongue, throat or trouble swallowing

Special concerns
ξ You may need to take medicines before
treatment to help prevent an allergic type
ξ Allergic type reaction may include:
trouble breathing, wheezing, flushing
and/or itchy skin rash. Report any of
these symptoms to your doctor or
nurse right away.
ξ You will have blood tests to look at
blood counts and liver changes

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person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when
using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Printed in 7/2017 by the University of
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