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View in Spanish: Liposoma de paclitaxel

Paclitaxel liposome (PA-klih-TAK-sil LY-poh-SOME)
A form of the anticancer drug paclitaxel that is contained in very tiny, fat-like particles. It may have fewer side effects and work better than paclitaxel. It is being studied in the treatment of several types of cancer. Paclitaxel liposome blocks the ability of cells to divide and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of mitotic inhibitor and a type of antimicrotubule agent. Also called LEP-ETU, liposomal paclitaxel, LipoTaxen, and PNU-93914.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.