Your healthcare provider will make your Abraxane dosage recommendation based on several factors, including existing medical conditions you may have, other chemotherapy medications you are taking, and your height and weight. Since the medicine is given through an IV, you will most likely receive Abraxane at your healthcare provider's office, at an "infusion center," or at a hospital.
The dose of Abraxane® (protein-bound paclitaxel) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- The type of cancer being treated
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Your healthcare provider will base your dose on your body surface area (which is calculated using your height and weight). Your dose of Abraxane will vary, depending on the other chemotherapy medications you are taking and whether you develop bothersome or dangerous Abraxane side effects.
For breast cancer, Abraxane is usually given once every three weeks. For lung cancer, it is given on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 21-day chemotherapy cycle. For pancreatic cancer, it is given on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day chemotherapy cycle.
Considerations for people receiving Abraxane include the following:
- Abraxane is given intravenously (through an IV).
- Most people receive their Abraxane injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Abraxane will not work as well if you stop using it before your healthcare provider recommends.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Abraxane or your Abraxane dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.