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Taxol® (paclitaxel) is a prescription chemotherapy drug used to treat a number of conditions, including breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and advanced ovarian cancer. When used for breast cancer, Taxol may be prescribed alone or in combination with another medicine, depending on the type of breast cancer a person has.
For example, Taxol may be prescribed:
  • In a chemotherapy regimen containing doxorubicin (Adriamycin®) for node-positive breast cancer that has spread to a lymph node after breast cancer surgery
  • To treat metastatic breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body after other chemotherapy regimens have failed
  • To treat breast cancer that has returned within six months of prior chemotherapy after breast cancer surgery.
(Click Taxol to learn more about this breast cancer medicine. This article offers a more in-depth look at the medication, with information on how it works, other conditions it can treat, dosing guidelines, and more.)
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