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by aantony on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:00 PM
Looking if anybody received Xeloda +Oxaliplatin + Tarceva for advanced colon cancer.
I know that Tarceva is approved for primary lung cancer.
My Wife has an advanced colon cancer with lung mets andhas exhausted all approved treatment options.
Any help appreciated
by CHolter on Thu Feb 14, 2013 03:01 AM
First of all, I am so sorry for you and your family. This is a horrible thing to go through.
Not sure if this helps, but my husband who had pancreatic cancer, got both Xeloda and Tarceva and it worked very well for him, very few side effects. At MD Anderson in Houston these drugs, including the oxaliplatin, are common treatments for colon cancer. My husband got the tarceva just in case the cancer had spread to his lungs.
Wishing you and your wife all the best and keep up the good fight.
by JoopSchmeitz on Thu Feb 14, 2013 03:09 PM
Just started yesterday with tablets + drip (Xeloda + Oxalipatin). Drip at day 1, rest from day 2 ~ 21. Tablets from day 1 untill day 14, rest from day 14 ~ 21
Had Xeloda tablets before but with no effect. We escalate now to the combi.
Tablets gave me little side effects (only mij finger tops show some glows, but I make them greacy and wear gloves at night. Gives sufficient prevention.
Drip took me about 3.5 hours including vane protecting + cleaning. Sofar, a running nose is is only side effect.
I am interested tot know the cost of this treatment in the US as I will have 2 of this treatments in ND Anderson when I visit our daughter in April. Pls let me know.
Don't hesitate tot contact me if you have further questions
by CHolter on Thu Feb 14, 2013 07:10 PM
If you are coming to Houston for treatment I would contact MD Anderson now to request appointments and get a quote. Sometimes it can take a while to get an appointment with the right department and also get all your files transferred. As for price we have US insurance through my husbands work, so not sure what the prices were. Contact info can be found on this page: http://www.mdanderson.org/contact-us/index.html. Phone: 1-877-MDA-6789
Gloves are a great idea and you might need to have some one help you with basic things, but this goes away once you stop treatment. The runny nose might stay with you forever when you eat. Both my husband 1 year survivor and my sister in law 7 year survivor still deal with this, small price to pay though.
Best of luck and I wish you a safe trip to MD Anderson. Please let me know how it goes.
by skypond99 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 03:13 AM
My husband has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He has had Tarceva, Gemzar, Xeloda, Abraxane plus Gemzar. His last scan showed progression. We may be trying Oxaliplatin plus Xeloda or O + 5FU next. Xeloda caused leg swelling.
We stopped the weight loss with pancrease. The enzymes digest carbs, fats, and protein. He started that before he started chemo.
Making another change is difficult for him. God has led us all this time and we are hanging on.
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