Anyone taken Xeloda

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jmears
jmears Member Posts: 266
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hello All - My Oncologist prescribed Xeloda for me today. I would like to know if anyone has taken it and what your side effects were like. PLUS - what other drugs were used first ... stuff like that. Thanks

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  • littleladi
    littleladi Member Posts: 11
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    What is the Xeloda susposed to do for you?
  • jmears
    jmears Member Posts: 266
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    What is the Xeloda susposed to do for you?

    Hi - It is a Chemo for advanced breat cnacer and colon cancer. I have bone mets. It is in pill form and easier to take. I also asked the question in the colon cancer section and go several replies. A lttile worried that nobody onthe breast cancer sight replied. Thanks for your question!
  • dbqueen
    dbqueen Member Posts: 16
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    jmears said:

    Hi - It is a Chemo for advanced breat cnacer and colon cancer. I have bone mets. It is in pill form and easier to take. I also asked the question in the colon cancer section and go several replies. A lttile worried that nobody onthe breast cancer sight replied. Thanks for your question!

    This drug has just been suggested to me by my doctor as my breast cancer popped up in a rib and then popped up as a small skin lesion. I can't seem to find very good information on how effective it is and whether it works well without being in combination with other drugs. I have already done cytoxin and taxotere during which these cancers grew. My doctor said it was relatively non-toxic, but yet I read on the metastatic site that one person at least was pretty debilitated. Apparently they can reduce the dose. I was hoping to go back to work before my pay cuts in half! Overall, I am concerned that this once again takes your immune system into the toilet. It would seem like I need a strong immune system. Does anyone know how long you have to take it for?
  • dbqueen
    dbqueen Member Posts: 16
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    OK, found out more from my doctor. He has had excellent results with this drug, with bone cancer patients living well for years on it. He said initially they were overdosing people, hence the extreme weakness, diarrhea, immune system issues etc. The guy I read about was taking 12 pills a day. I will be taking 4 per day, one week off, one week on, indefinitely. I just swallowed my first two, so wish me luck! He said this goes to your liver and is converted into the chemo drug there, and also converted by tumor cells to a chemo drug. Don't totally get it but I just found two more bumps, so off we go!