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Regimen Information

For Taxol, including Side Effects

Taxol

Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Breast Cancer

How Taxol chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Taxol for the treatment of Breast Cancer

Taxol (paclitaxel) is a drug used in the treatment of breast cancer.

MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF TAXOL

  • Neuropathy

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Mouth Sores

  • Diarrhea

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

The following have been voted the 3 most helpful responses to this question.

I'm THERESA, and I'm a survivor of Stage 2 Breast Cancer

The 1st Taxol treatment went well with all the premeds given for prevention of side effects. I did have some chest pain after the Taxol drip begin but was given Ativan and continued on just fine. The day after the 2nd treatment, I begin having trouble with upper and lower GI symptons. There are meds the Dr. prescribes to manage these. My hair had thinned with fallout, so I’ve shaved the rest off. The fatigue, and neuropathy hit the day after the 3rd treatment. I had an allergic reaction breaking out with a burning rash on the 4th day after treatment. Dr. prescribed prednisone and hydroxyzine which is taking care of burning itch and rash. I’ve had some nausea this round. I have definitely been more fatigued this time. Chemo is working! April 1st, I return for the last Taxol treatment. Yay!
On April 15th, I will begin the AC treatments going in once every two weeks for four infusions.
I’m thankful for the H.O.G. staff! They are compassionate and dependable, which brings much comfort through this season of life.

  • Mon Mar 25, 2013
Hi, I'm Auntie19

I have neuropaty since using Taxol…. I could scream, what did you do for the ache…I have NO idea how long I will be on this chemo.. It’s been 6 mo already….It hits me about 3 days following treatment and I’m usually pretty much down until the day be next reatment.. I am 3 weeks on and 1 week off. as long as my white count is ok…. which often is not by the 3rd week….

  • Tue Jan 15, 2013
I'm Danny, and I support someone with cancer

My wife takes the taxol.She seems be be hoarse and losing her voice .Is this a common side effect? I did’nt see it listed on the side effects.

  • Tue Jan 8, 2013
I'm Danny, and I support someone with cancer

My wife takes the taxol.She seems be be hoarse and losing her voice .Is this a common side effect? I did’nt see it listed on the side effects.

  • Tue Jan 8, 2013
Hi, I'm Auntie19

I have neuropaty since using Taxol…. I could scream, what did you do for the ache…I have NO idea how long I will be on this chemo.. It’s been 6 mo already….It hits me about 3 days following treatment and I’m usually pretty much down until the day be next reatment.. I am 3 weeks on and 1 week off. as long as my white count is ok…. which often is not by the 3rd week….

  • Tue Jan 15, 2013
I'm THERESA, and I'm a survivor of Stage 2 Breast Cancer

The 1st Taxol treatment went well with all the premeds given for prevention of side effects. I did have some chest pain after the Taxol drip begin but was given Ativan and continued on just fine. The day after the 2nd treatment, I begin having trouble with upper and lower GI symptons. There are meds the Dr. prescribes to manage these. My hair had thinned with fallout, so I’ve shaved the rest off. The fatigue, and neuropathy hit the day after the 3rd treatment. I had an allergic reaction breaking out with a burning rash on the 4th day after treatment. Dr. prescribed prednisone and hydroxyzine which is taking care of burning itch and rash. I’ve had some nausea this round. I have definitely been more fatigued this time. Chemo is working! April 1st, I return for the last Taxol treatment. Yay!
On April 15th, I will begin the AC treatments going in once every two weeks for four infusions.
I’m thankful for the H.O.G. staff! They are compassionate and dependable, which brings much comfort through this season of life.

  • Mon Mar 25, 2013

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