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Medical Taxol and Cancer

  1. Apr 3, 2007 #1
    i was wondering how is taxol targeting specifically at cancerous cells? I mean to say how does it know that a cell is cancerous? Why doesnt it effect skin cells which also have rapid division and stabilizing microtubules in other cells than cancerous would be drastic, wouldnt the immune system pick up on this?

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  3. May 3, 2007 #2
    short answer, cancer divides fastest, need more microtubule, break down, built up. taxol bind to them first. Long answer, I am sure it goes after everything else and screw up the body like any other chemo.
     
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