Abraxis (Abraxane) for the treatment of cancer
Abraxis is chemotherapy given for treatment of cancer. It is a form of taxane without the proteins that cause allergic reactions.
How It Is Given
Injections are given into the vein given over 30 minutes every three weeks.
Common Side Effects
- Decreased white blood cell count (ANC)
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Numbness and tingling (neuropathy), which may increase with each treatment
- Increase or decrease in heart rates (ECG abnormalities)
- Muscle and joint pain – most often 2-3 days after treatment
- Increased weakness and decreased strength
Less Common Side Effects
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Mouth sores (mucositis)
- Abraxane should not be given if your neutrophil count (ANC) is less than 1,500. Blood counts will be monitored.
- Avoid pregnancy while receiving treatment.
- Do not father a child while receiving treatment.
When to Call Your Health Care Provider
- Fever of 100.8°F or greater
- Muscle and joint pain that are not relieved by Tylenol®
- Increased numbness and tingling in hands and feet
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Last Updated: 09/23/2010
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