Paclitaxel Overview

Paclitaxel is a prescription medication used to treat cancer, including ovarian, breast, and lung cancer, and Kaposi's sarcoma. Paclitaxel belongs to a group of drugs called antimicrotubule agents or taxanes. It works by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells.

This medication comes in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare provider.

Common side effects of Paclitaxel include low blood cell count, hair loss, and joint or muscle pain.