Aug 22, 2003 - 9:20 pm
My mother has just been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer and we are terrified. She is only 69. We just lost our father to lung cancer. We just can't watch our mother go, too. She had surgery to removed the tumor, but it had attached itself to her pelvic wall and the surgeon was not able to remove it all. She also had a small tumor on her liver, which he was able to remove. We just saw the oncologist this week. He said her cancer was terminal, but with Xeloda she would live longer. My father suffered terribly with chemo and it was the chemo ultimately that killed him, so my mother is very hesitant about taking the Xeloda. The oncologist told us that the side effects of this drug are mild. Is this so? Has anyone taken it? Is there any hope for my mother? Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help, we're desperate.