Taxotere Chemotherapy Information
If you have cancer of the breast, prostate, or lung, your healthcare provider may recommend a chemotherapy drug called Taxotere® (docetaxel). This medication is approved for adults only and is given through an IV (intravenously). Each dose takes an hour to administer. Taxotere works by interfering with certain cell structures, which stops the cancer cells from growing and multiplying within the body.
Common side effects of Taxotere include anemia, hair loss, and low levels of certain types of white blood cells. Some people are more likely than others to have an adverse reaction to this form of chemotherapy. Informing your healthcare provider about all medical conditions you have, such as congestive heart failure, and any medicines you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, will help your healthcare provider determine if Taxotere is right for you.
(For more information on this type of chemotherapy, click Taxotere. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, other potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while using it.)