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Re: Xeloda
Jun 1, 2007
I am one that takes the pills and it is with my regular Chemo IV treatment. I believe I might have told you that I take an IV of Oxaliplatin every 3 weeks then take the Xeloda for 14 days after that. (My treatments willl last for 6 months) There are two different strentghs 500mg & 150mg. It goes by your weight. I take 5 pills in the morning and 5 pills at night. This doesn't mean that you will, though.

I, too, don't know of many people taking Xeloda. As far as the pills, I do have some diareaha(this isn't bad) and hand/foot problems but other than that, I don't feel bad at all.

Xeloda is pretty new (and was orginally made for people with Colon & Breast cancer) and I'm thinking that there are doctors out there that may not be up on all the new stuff of just doesn't investigate and read all the studies that Xeloda can do. They are comfortable with the original treatments.

My doctor is one that is up to date and wants to try all the new stuff (and of course, what's good for his patients) and sounds like yours is, too.

Xeloda has a web site you should go to. Here is just a sample of what is there: (there are lots of other Q&A's which you should read.

How XELODA Works
The generic name for XELODA is capecitabine ("CAPE-site-ah-bean"). XELODA is a medicine you take by mouth (orally). XELODA is changed in the body to a substance called 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). In some patients with colon, rectum, or breast cancer, 5-FU stops cancer cells from growing and decreases the size of the tumor.


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