Taxotere is a anti-cancer,plant alkaloid drug that is used for chemotherapy treatment.It works by killing cancer cells and stop cell division.When a normal cell comes in contact with a cell like it’s own it stops a process called cell inhibition. Cancerous cells do not have this ability and is not able to stop like normal cells. Taxotere works by killing the RNA or DNA that tells cells how to copy themselves during cell division.If a cell is not able to divide they die. Taxotere is most effective during the process when the cells are dividing.The sad part about Taxotere is it is not able to tell what is a cancerous cell and what is a normal cell that is why there is so much side affects when going through chemotherapy. So, What Are the Common Taxotere Side Effects ?
One major side affect is losing hair all over the body during chemotherapy treatment. The reason this occurs is because hair folicles and the lining of the mouth and stomach are areas where cells multiply fast just like cancerous cells. The good news is that normal cells in the body have the ability to become normal again once chemotherapy treatment is done. So hair loss is only a temporary side effect. There are people who claim to have permanent hair lost after going through chemotherapy with Taxotere and even though there claims are valid it is not valid for everyone. Everyone’s body is different and there ability to have there normal cells turn back normal all depends on the person.There are those who have there hair grow right back after using Taxotere. Some even claim to have there hair grow back with a different color, texture or curls.
There is also a correlation with patients who have biochemical impairment of the liver functions and those with normal liver function. Those with biochemical impairment liver function almost always will suffer from full hair lost during chemotherapy and may even develop permanent hair loss while those with normal liver only suffer minimum hair loss and usually have hair returning to normal after 3-6 months from Texatere chemotherapy.Some patients even start to grow there hair back during chemotherapy treatment.
Some patients may try to use treatments such as, scalp cooling or using tight bands to reduce hair loss but there is no real evidence that it works and it can have a adverse effect because it limits the chemotherapy treatment from that area of the body.
Even though hair loss seems to be a major concern for cancer patients there is minimum research or support for them. Dealing with such a major health problem is hard enough for one to cope with and having to do a treatment that causes more lost to a persons body is even more worst. Not having more options to deal with a major illness seems cruel. There should be more research done for those with cancer. There is the option of wearing a wig or using a head wrap or scarf but it is only a temporary fix.Acceptance of ones appearance seems to be there only option in a life or death situation. My prayers go out for those with cancer.