Paclitaxel is a chemotherapy medication that is used to treat breast cancer that does not respond to other medication or returns after the cessation of other chemotherapy. This medication may also be used to treat lung cancer, ovarian cancer and Kaposi’s sarcoma. It works by inhibiting cancer cells from growing or spreading throughout the body.
Patients who are on this medication may be prone to serious infections because the medication lowers the number of white blood cells the body produces. Your doctor will monitor your white blood cell periodically and cease medication as needed. You should seek medical attention if you have a fever, chills, sore throat, pain while urinating or any other signs of infection.