Monday, November 22, 2010

taxanes, ooh, ooh, the taxanes...

Chemotherapy that includes a drug from the class of chemotherapy agents called taxanes (also referred to as antimicrotubule agents), which includes paclitaxel (Taxol®) and docetaxel (Taxotere®).

For example, a common taxane-based chemotherapy regimen available for breast cancer is AC (doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide) followed by paclitaxel (T).

Chemotherapy for newly diagnosed breast cancer usually includes 2 to 3 drugs from different types or classifications of agents. Chemotherapy for recurrent breast cancer may also include several drugs from different classifications or may simply be a single drug depending on the individual circumstances, medical history, and doctor's evaluation and treatment decision.

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