Hello, This is my first time posting on any kind of discussion board so I apologize in advance if I am not submitting this correctly.
My husband was diagnosed 4 months ago with stage IV esophageal cancer. The tumor is very close to the opening into the stomach. (He had NO symptoms.) The cancer had spread to the lung, liver, and peritoneal cavity. Therefore he was not a candidate for surgery or radiation. If we chose to do nothing, the drs say he would only survive 2 - 3 months. We chose a very agressive chemotherapy treatment. He goes into the hospital for 120 hours of continuous chemo. Drugs are taxotere, cisplatin (which he receives on day 1) followed by the 120 hours of 5-FU. He had his first cycle in April and the second in May. They originally wanted him to do 6 cycles. After the 2nd cycle we had another PET Scan. The original tumor has shrunk and the others cannot be seen on the scan. Everything seems to be inactive. The report actually gave the drs goose bumps...it went so well. So the dr decided to do 2 more rounds, which we did in June and July, since technically he is already in remission. He keeps reminding us this is not a cure. Now he has suggesed we take Xeloda to help keep the cancer in remission. We just got out of the hospital on Wed. I am trying to research this on the internet but have been unable to find anything. My husband doesn't want to take the Xeloda if he is going to feel sick the entire time he is on it. (The dr said it may take a few months to get the right dose....he doesn't want him to feel very sick but you need to feel a "little" sick to know it is working.) I am just wondering if anyone has ever taken this drug and if they have had success with it. Thanks in advance for your time.