Docataxel or Taxotere is a medication that works to interfere with cell division. Approved by FDA, it is used in treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer. It has shown promising single-agent activity in NSCLC. It is also used to treat cancer like breast, prostate, stomach and head and neck cancers.
It works by stopping cancer cells by separating into two new cells and thus, blocks the growth of non small-cell lung cancer. The patient whose cancer is locally advanced or has metastasized, this drug comes useful.
How is it given?
Docetaxel is given through a vein into your cannula or line. The amount of the drug depends on many factors such as your general health, condition of the patient being treated and the patient response. It is only given under a physician’s supervision. Each cycle of docetaxel usually takes 21 days but depends on the type and severity of cancer one has.
Common Side Effects:
These are the common side effects faced by people taking this drug:
- Tiredness and breathlessness
- Rashes may be itchy
- Sore mouth
- Feeling sick
- Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
- Allergic reaction may occur during the infusion
- Aching muscles and joints
- Infection risks
- Reduction in number of red blood cells
- Loss of appetite
This is not a complete detail of side effects of Docetaxel and you should call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Other Information about Docetaxel
The drug can affect your fertility and if you are pregnant, you should talk to your doctor before treatment starts. Women are also advised not to breastfeed during the course of their treatment and even a few months after.
If you are taking any other medicines including vitamins, herbal supplements etc., you should tell your doctor about them. This drug may interface with some other medicines.
The drug information on this page is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.