Frequently Asked Questions about Paclitaxel

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What is Paclitaxel?

Biolyse Pharma Paclitaxel is a natural molecule extracted from the twigs and needles of Taxus canadensis. This plant is the predominant representative of the Taxacea family in Northeastern America and is closely related to Taxus brevifolia prevailing in Northwestern America. Taxus canadensis is an evergreen shrub growing in a natural environment and is free of any herbicide or pesticide when harvested.

 

What is it used for?

It is used in chemotherapy to treat aggressive forms of lung and breast cancer.

 

How does it work?

Paclitaxel has a different mechanism of action from other drugs. Essentially, it interferes with the division and proliferation of cells, by affecting the cell’s microtubules (which act as a backbone) during cell mitosis (division). Paclitaxel stabilizes the microtubules, preventing the cancer cells from dividing and multiplying. Eventually, the cell ‘dies of old age’.

 

What are the advantages of paclitaxel over other cancer therapies?

Paclitaxel for Injection is all natural, and is less expensive than alternative cancer treatments currently available on the market. Fabricated from a renewable resource, we can be secure in the knowledge that Biolyse is doing its part to conserve this precious yew species. Finally, it is projected that Paclitaxel for Injection will be used in combination with other treatments to reduce the occurrence of multi-drug resistance (MDR) by the cancer cells.

 

How is it taken?

Paclitaxel for Injection may only be dispensed by a physician as it is administered intravenously.

 

What are the common side effects?

The side effects of Paclitaxel for Injection may include nausea and vomiting, hair loss, mouth sores, allergic reactions, irritation of the injection site, numbness in the hands or the feet, joint and muscle pain, and effects to the heart, blood vessels and blood cell counts which may result in an increased likelihood of developing infections and a reduced ability of the blood to clot. These side effects are generally temporary and dissipate following the treatment.

 

Who should not take Paclitaxel?

Women of childbearing potential should avoid becoming pregnant and breast feeding during therapy with Paclitaxel for Injection. As there are no studies to date on pregnant or nursing women, it is not clear if nursing mothers will excrete related substances in breast milk to their children.