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The prescription drug paclitaxel (Taxol®) is used for the treatment of different types of cancer, including lung, ovarian, and breast cancer. It stops cancer cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with certain cell structures. Paclitaxel can be given at a hospital, "infusion center," or healthcare provider's office. The medication is given by IV, and each infusion is given over a one-hour period.
 
Paclitaxel belongs to a group of chemotherapy medications called taxanes. As with any medication, side effects are possible and can include hair loss, neutropenia, leukopenia, and anemia, among others.
 
(For more information on this cancer treatment, click Paclitaxel. This article offers an in-depth overview of how this form of chemotherapy works, other side effects, safety warnings, and more.)
 
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