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View in Spanish: Micele polimérico cargado con paclitaxel

Paclitaxel-loaded polymeric micelle (PA-klih-TAK-sil-LOH-ded PAH-lih-mer-ik MY-sel)
A form of the anticancer drug paclitaxel used to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma. It is also used with another drug to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Paclitaxel is mixed with very tiny particles of a substance that makes it easier to dissolve in water. This allows higher doses of paclitaxel to be given. It is a type of antimitotic agent.

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