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Taxotere® (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy medication used to treat many types of cancer, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. The medicine is given through an IV, with each infusion lasting an hour.
Taxotere belongs to a class of drugs called taxanes. These medications stop cancer cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with certain cell structures. One of the advantages of using Taxotere is that it has a greater effect on rapidly multiplying cells (cancer cells fall into this category) than normal, healthy cells.
(Click Taxotere Uses to learn more about how this drug is classified. This article also explains whether it can be used in children and lists some "off-label" uses for the medication.)