How does this medicine work?

Paclitaxel is an “anti-microtubule inhibitor” that destroys cancer cells by stopping fast growing cancer cells from dividing and making new cancer cells.

How is it given?

It is given into the vein (IV) in the hospital or clinic.

What are the side effects?

Common

  • low blood cell counts
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hair loss
  • skin and nail changes

Occasional

  • mouth sores
  • diarrhea

Rare

  • allergic reaction
  • secondary cancer
  • abnormal liver tests

How does this medicine work?

Paclitaxel is an “anti-microtubule inhibitor” that destroys cancer cells by stopping fast growing cancer cells from dividing and making new cancer cells.

How is it given?

It is given into the vein (IV) in the hospital or clinic.

What are the side effects?

Common

  • low blood cell counts
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hair loss
  • skin and nail changes

Occasional

  • mouth sores
  • diarrhea

Rare

  • allergic reaction
  • secondary cancer
  • abnormal liver tests

When should I call the clinic?

Call hematology helpline 982403210 if:

  • fever, chills
  • cough
  • hoarseness
  • unusual bleeding
  • bleeding or bruising
  • fast weight gain
  • shortness of breath
  • mouth sores
  • continued vomiting or diarrhea
  • swelling in feet or ankles

What else do I need to know?

Some patients may have an allergic reaction with Paclitaxel; to prevent this, you may be given a medicine called Dexamethasone to take at home before coming for treatment. If an allergic reaction does happen during your treatment, the nurse will give you medicine to help manage the reaction and extra precautions will be taken when your next treatment is given.
All caregivers should wear gloves when handling urine, stool, and vomit while your child is receiving the chemotherapy and for 48 hours afterward. Urine, stool, and vomit can be safely disposed of in septic tanks and the sewer system.

Blood counts are the lowest 7 to 10 days after the medicine is given. Counts are followed closely and should recover within 4 weeks. Good mouth care will help prevent mouth sores. Tissue burn may occur if the medicine leaks from the vein.

You and your child should know the names of all the medicines he or she is taking. It is important to share this information with anyone involved in your child’s care.

Questions?

This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call:

Hematology Clinic
3rd floor, Kedar
Opp.Krupa Petrol Pump,
Parimal Garden, Ambawadi
Clinic: 07926463219
Whattsapp: 8238065890