Taxol is part of a group of medications called taxanes. Taxanes stop cancer cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with certain structures in the cell.
While Taxol can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly. Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by Taxol.
Taxol is not approved for treating cancer in children. Children may be more sensitive to Taxol side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Taxol for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. Currently, off-label Taxol uses include the treatment of the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Head and neck cancer.
Taxol is also used in an off-label fashion in preparation for stem cell transplants.