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Regimen Information

For Taxol, including Side Effects


Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

How Taxol chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Taxol for the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

Taxol (paclitaxel) is a drug used in the treatment of head and neck cancer.


  • Neuropathy

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Mouth Sores

  • Diarrhea

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?


Hair loss, nose bleed, dizziness, fatigue,. My breathing is ok thank God for that. On my left side of face seems to feel swollen. I am managing it by drinking a lot of water and resting throughout the day.

  • Mon Feb 12, 2018
I'm RetiredBroad, and I support someone with cancer

Shortness of breath

Not resolved. Dr not as worried as we are

  • Wed Nov 14, 2012
Hi, I'm Bill Clyne

For me, just hair loss!!

  • Thu Nov 8, 2012

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Treatment Overview

This chemotherapy regimen is commonly used to treat:

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