I was originally supose to get Taxol, now Dr is saying Taxotere are they just similar or the same? Thanks in advance
My oncologist told me that there was a better overall response rate to Taxotere, which is why he prefers it.
Hi Ms.Tiffany! Hope you're doing well- I found the following good explanation on scienceblog.com:
Taxotere (docetaxel) and Taxol (paclitaxel) are closely related. Taxol was discovered in the USA by testing many natural compounds while Taxotere
was developed in Europe as part of a programme to screen closely
related compounds. Both compounds work by interfering with cell
division, but there are subtle differences. When tested in tissue
culture not all cancer cells are equally sensitive to both agents.
There are also differences in they way they are broken down and cleared
from the body. So there are reasons to believe they may have different
effectiveness as anti-cancer medicines.
Hope the taxotere works well for you - PJH