Don't have any answers to your questions about Xeloda, but just want to wish you the best of luck in your treatment. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Prayers and hugs.
Papillary Cancer (Adenocarcinoma), Gallbladder Cancer Questions
Asked by Joy535 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I'm going to begin taking Xeloda along with Gemzar for metastasized gallbladder cancer that's spread to the liver and lungs. I would appreciate any information available (especially concerning side effects) about taking Xeloda from people who have experience with that drug.
6 Answers from the Community
Hello, I have no first hand experience with Xeloda, as I am an oncology nurse and not a patient on the site. However, until someone does respond with a personal experience, let me give you a link to chemocare that will help you get the answer you seek. I recommend you sign up to chemocare as well as chemotherapyadvisor.com. Both are great sites to learn about your treatments and Chemotherapy Advisor lists the regimens as well. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.
I took 2 pills 2 times a day from Monday to Friday (on radiation days) for 28 days. Also, 4 doses of Oxaplatin.
My chemo nurse told me that Xeloda can cause diarrhea & that my hands & feet would turn dark. They did. The base of my nails were dark also, but they didn't fall.
The combination of the 3 treatments caused severe cramps, diarrhea, jaw pain, "needles" in my throat when I tried to swallow.
Imodium 4 times a day helped a little.
I lost all my body hair, except my head.
It was a very difficult and painful time, but it was worthwhile. My tumor disappeared without surgery (stage II).
Pray that it will work on you as good as on me.
Be brave, be hopeful, fight, fight, fight!
Rosa, thank you so much for your reply. It always helps us "newbies" to hear from the trenches. It sounds as if your journey wasn't very nice to you and your body. I'm thrilled for you that all of the pain was worth it because of the result = no more tumors! Thanks again, Joyce
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