• Chemotherapy Pill

    Asked by cuemac on Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Chemotherapy Pill

    Has anyone had any experience taking the chemotherapy pill Xeloda? Please share. I am scheduled to begin treatment using both this pill and abdominal radiation.

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    • magdem's Avatar

      I was given Xeloda to treat my pancreatic cancer. I took 3 pills in the morning and 3 pills in the evening 5 days on and two days off. All in all I did fairly well. Had nausea, but with medication this was manageable. Didn't have much of an appetite and tastes changed. I also had radiation at the same time so not sure if symptoms came from Xeloda or radiation. Everything slowly returned to normal once treatment ended.

      over 3 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      Hi cuemac - My treatment protocols called for me to take Xeloda during the radiation phase. I had to take 6 of the high-dose pills daily for 43 days (during which I had 28 radiation treatments). I didn't suffer terrible side effects from the Xeloda, but did have increased hair loss (but did not go totally bald), and I didn't have the hand/foot syndrome (but did develop dozens of small warts on my hands, that I have yet to be able to get rid of). Frankly, I had a much more difficult time with the radiation than the Xeloda. The radiation effects are cumulative - or at least were with me - and I began to feel the effects about 2 weeks into the treatments (mostly they involved internal burns along my digestive track, resulting in pain while eating or drinking, and vastly increased fatigue, nausea, and general weakness). It's taken quite a while for the effects of radiation to dissipate (and there are some medications that can be given to relieve at least some of the discomforts). I'd be happy to respond to any other questions (I have just completed my treatments - for now, at least). JMS

      over 3 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      tired,tired ,tired...I slept alot. I also felt pretty nauseous and some hair loss. But looking back it's all over before you know it and your hair comes back thicker and eventually you feel great again.

      over 3 years ago
    • Cmurphy's Avatar

      My husband and I viewed Xeloda as such a blessing after traditional chemo regimens. We did not have to go in to the infusion centers and could travel extensively, which we did. He was on it for months, 3 500's and one 150 every morning and evening, two weeks on and one week off. It did affect his stomach and he did skip the last couple of doses a couple of times due to pain. He had some manageable skin peeling. He only stopped to prepare for a liver resection. When the cancer came back he went on carbo/taxol for five blasts and then we were so grateful to get back on Xeloda! He just stopped again to prepare for a trial. Suffice it to say we loved Xeloda both because of relative easiness and the fact it worked. Also my cousin has been on it for months for metastatic breast cancer and she lives an extremely active life. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • cuemac's Avatar

      Thank you all for your responses. It is very helpful to know. I pray continued blessings to you all.

      over 3 years ago

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