How long to use Abraxane?

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Question from Isabel: I’m taking Abraxane as maintenance every 1-2 weeks for a second primary, this time inflammatory. Abraxane causes severe diarrhea and stomach cramps. What is suggested, since most anti-nausea meds cause a reaction? Also, how long can you use Abraxane?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D.

In general, Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) is used as long as the treatment is working. I am not sure if you are getting this because you have measurable metastatic disease or in an adjuvant setting. It is really best to ask your doctor about your personal situation.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Ongoing Medications featured Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2007.

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