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Chemotherapy drug preparation. Male hospital pharmacist filling a syringe with the chemotherapy drug docetaxel or Taxotere. He is working in a glove box and is wearing protective clothing. Cytotoxic drugs are toxic chemicals that destroy rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells. They also kill some healthy cells, producing side effects such as hair loss and nausea. Docetaxel is derived from the needles of the English yew. It is used to treat a range of cancers, including breast cancer and some types of lung cancer.
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