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Taxol (Not Tamoxifen)

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Joined: Apr 2011

Sorry I posted the message below saying that my mother was going to receive Tamoxifen. But in fact she will be receiving Taxol.

Does anyone have any info regarding Taxol.


I wanted to ask for your help.

My 87 year old mother has had esophageal cancer for almost 2 years.

When she was diagnosed she was told that the cancer had spread outside of the esophagus to multiple lymph nodes. So she has been receiving palliative care.

She had radiation once (for only 3 weeks) and received chemo for about a year.

She was receiving Leucovorin, Oxaliplatin and 5FU.

Since the chemo was making her very weak, she did not want to continue with the chemo and she stopped chemo for about 7 months.

When she did a PET Scan after 7 months, it showed the cancer had not spread much but that it was more active in the esophagus.

So she resumed chemo for another 4 months. This time, she was only given Leucovorin and 5FU (not Oxaliplatin).

She recently got another PET Scan, and it showed that the cancer had not spread but that it was still fairly active in the esophagus.

Her doctor now wants her to get a new drug called Tamoxifen.

Does anyone know anything about Tamoxifen? I’ve heard it is used in breast cancer cases but I’ve never heard it being used in esophageal cancer cases.

Any information you can provide would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you for your kind help.


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This is a great website for chemo questions. I will see if I can connect you with someone with experience.


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Thank you Jayme. I looked at the website and the information there is helpful.

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I had Taxol and Carboplatin for my chemotherapy (along with 28 radiation treatments). I didn't have too many problems with them other than fatigue and dehydration. I never got sick or lost any hair through my 5 weekly chemo sessions. My white counts were low after the 4th session so I was delayed a week for the fifth treatment. Counts were still a little low so my oncologist omitted the taxol for the last session. I had my THE surgery in September of this year at the university of Michigan. Recovery was slow but I am back to work 5-6 hours per day and feeling pretty good for the most part. I can't eat much at a time and have lost about 50 lbs since surgery.

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Thank you, Dave, for the information you provided. It's very helpful. I'm glad your surgery went well and that you are recovering. Tom

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