Does Taxol cause menopause?

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Question from JJ: Where does Taxol fall in the most/least likely to induce permanent menopause? I know that different chemotherapy drugs have different degrees of impact on ovaries.
Answers - Charles Loprinzi It's not well-known how Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) rates in terms of causing menopause. This is because it is rarely used alone in young women with breast cancer. My guess is that it would not be high on the list of drugs that cause menopausal symptoms, such as Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide).

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Menopausal Symptoms Part 3 featured Charles Loprinzi, M.D. and Mindy Goldman, M.D. answering your questions about how you can manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2008.

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