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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


paclitaxel-loaded polymeric micelle  listen  (PA-klih-TAK-sil-LOH-ded PAH-lih-MAYR-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.