Docetaxel is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug that was patented in 1986. It is used to treat many different cancer types, such as breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, head and neck cancer, and metastatic prostate cancer.
The drug is classified as a “plant alkaloid.” It stops cancer cell growth by inhibiting the function of microtubules, which are essential for cell division.
Docetaxel can be used alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs. It is given only intravenously. There is no oral form available.
To avoid allergic reactions and to prevent fluid retention, your doctor will give you a corticosteroid prior to the infusion.
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Common side effects are:
- Low white blood cell count
- Low red blood cell count
- Fluid retention
- Shortness of breath
- Hair loss
- Numbness in your fingers and toes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mouth sores
- Hair loss
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nail changes
- Muscle pain
Other drugs can increase the toxicity or reduce the effects of Docetaxel. Please inform your doctor if you are using any other medicine. Interactions between Docetaxel and other drugs are known for:
How to Increase Efficacy Of Docetaxel
There are different types of chemotherapy enhancement. Some natural substances can reduce the side effects, some others have similar effects and therefore acting synergistically. The goal of this article is to show that natural substances can be used to improve the chemotherapy outcome. Of course, any treatment should be observed by an experienced physician. It is essential to know the right moment of application, the exact dosage and to have the right formulation.
For my therapies, I only use certified natural products which are mainly applied intravenously into the bloodstream. By doing this, we ensure to have the highest concentration inside and around the tumor cells.