Aug 24, 2012 - 8:40 am
I was wondering if anyone is taking Xeloda as maintenance when you are NED status. I was diagnosed stage 4; lung nodule removed February 2011, completed response to the rectal tumor with chemo/radiation, LAR with temp ileostomy in September 2011 to remove scar tissue (all pathology clean), and followed by 6 months of Folfiri (mop-up), temp ileostomy reversed July 2012. All PET scans since chemo/radiation have shown NED.
My oncologist now recommends going on a low dose Xeloda for 6 months and if everything still looks good after that-- just monitoring every 4 months with a CAT scan. I am debating the maintenance Xeloda. On one hand, everything he recommended worked......so I think I should listen to him. On the other hand, I am wondering what the potential damage of adding more cancer drugs into my system. Any thoughts appreciated!