How Does Taxotere Work?
Taxotere® (docetaxel) is a prescription drug licensed to treat the following conditions:
- Breast cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer (gastric cancer)
- Head and neck cancer.
If your healthcare provider has recommended this chemotherapy drug, you may be curious about what it does and how it works.
Taxotere is a taxane, which is a type of drug that stops cancer cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with certain structures in the cell. While Taxotere can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly (in most cases, these are cancer cells).
(For a closer look at how this chemotherapy drug works, click Taxotere. This article offers a complete overview of this medication, with details on its effectiveness, possible side effects, safety warnings, and more.)