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How Does It Work?

Docefrez belongs to a group of medications called taxanes. Taxanes work by stabilizing certain structures inside cells called microtubules and preventing the cells from breaking them down. Because cells must disassemble microtubules in order to divide and multiply, Docefrez stops cell growth.
 
Docefrez can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, which is what causes many of the dangerous side effects. However, it has a greater effect on cells that multiply rapidly. In general, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by treatment.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Docefrez?

Docefrez is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Docefrez can be used in older adults. However, older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of the medication and may need to be monitored more closely. In clinical trials, older men treated with Docefrez and prednisone for prostate cancer experienced more anemia, infection, finger and toenail changes, decreased appetite, and weight loss, compared with younger age groups.
 

Off-Label Docefrez Uses

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend Docefrez for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Docefrez may be used off-label to treat other types of cancer, including but not limited to:
 
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