Feb 07, 2013 - 7:27 am
The basic question today is: Has anyone experienced having their "Xeloda break extended to two weeks?"
By way of background, I was on Xeloda 1000mg twice a day for two weeks with a one week break, which I have read is a pretty standard regimen for Xeloda. It is even the regimen recommended by the company. During the second cycle, the hand and foot syndrome spread rapidly and began burning. The various creams and ointment recommended got it under control but mornng were the worst as it inhibited my ability to brush my teeth, shave, and etc. until I had applied some Udderly Smooth and it soaked in.
Yesterday, I visited my oncologist. Overall, the visit was okay, but after looking at my hands he backed off the Xeloda by advising me to take a two week break to let my hands heal.
Some additional information: my oncologist believes I'm in good shape and it seems everything is stable. It seems so because right now we're in a kind of "holding pattern, as my insurance company rejected a request for a PET/CT. My oncologist investigated the denial and it seems the request came too close to a CT I had in December to determine whether some stereotactic radiation treatments I had in October/November eliminated a single iliac lymph node that "lit up" in an October PET/CT. According to the radiation oncologist, on the Dec. CT the lymph node appeared to be a "mass of dead tissue" but he wanted to confirm with a PET/CT in January, the imaging my insurance company rejected. He's basing his opinion that everything is stable on good labs and the CT from December.
So, again has anyone experiened or heard of having the Xeloda break extended to two weeks?
Thanks for any information you can provide.