Xeloda

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Xeloda

by Husband_With_Colan_Cancer on Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:00 AM

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My husband is starting the Xeloda today. Anyone have any advise? He is going to take this alone first to see how he reacts to it if his levels go up then they will be adding back the Avastin. Husband with colon cancer

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by Mindybobo on Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi just wanted to let you know my fathers experience with it. He just took it alone and the tumors progressed while he was on it. That does not mean this will happen to your husband. I do suggest he take Avastin along with it. I wish my dad did. Mindy

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by Husband_With_Colan_Cancer on Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:00 AM

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My husbands doctor wanted him to do the Avastin with it. But My husband has taken 14 treatments of 5fu,avast, leucovorin and he did 10 of the oxaliplatin. His CEA keeps climbing. It started out at 235 and dropped to 35 and keeps moving up. It is now 93.8. The doctor agreed to just do the xeloda till the next blood test. My husband just want to know how this one drug wil effect him. He has this side effect and another on and who know which drug is causing it. If the CEA goes up then they will started adding the other. They have now started doing another test the CA-19. This is the first time they have done it. It is extreamly high. But we have nothing to base it on. So we just have to start from this point. Did you dad have any side effects from this drug?

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by 3greatboysmom on Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi, my mom was diagnosed in May 06 w/ stage three colon cancer. She did 4 treatments of the Folfox regimin. In Aug, a PET Scan was done and we learned that despite being on the Folfox, my mom's cancer had spread. She had 5-6 new tumors-mostly in her lymph nodes-one on her left adrenal gland. Her onc started her on Xeloda with Avastin. Her next PET scan-done in Oct 06 showed significant improvement. All the tumors were gone but the one on her adrenal still remains. She will remain on this treatment until the end of January and then she will do another PET Scan to see where she stands. I think with chemo, it is not a "one size fits all" kind of drug. I think what might work for one person doesn't necessarily work for the other-and vice a versa. I think you have to keep trying until you find what works for you. Scans are really important when ever you start a new chemo treatment. A scan should be given 2-2 1/2 months into the new treatment so you can see if anything has gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse. Then you will know where you need to go from there. Hope this helps. Have Faith- ValerieC

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by Kaypo on Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:00 AM

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My husband has been told that he is diagnoised with colon cancer . Right now we are of course worried and clueless about his condition . He shows no weakness , has an appetite , looks the same like always with the exception that he still goes to the bathroom as soon as he eats something . Do you mind if I ask what stage of the colon cancer your husband has ? Has he had his surgery done yet ? What is Xeloda ? What are the changes if any , you see in him since he was diagnoised with this disease ? Any info will be helpful as I am preparing myself with as much knowledge of colon cancer before seeing the surgeon next week . She will share the CT scan result with us then too .

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by Mindybobo on Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi, my dad had severe fatigue and his feel hurt and peeled. The skin on his hands also peeled. He also got depressed but that might be from knowing he had cancer. He was also 72 so he was alot older than your husband. Mindy

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by Husband_With_Colan_Cancer on Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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My husbands has stage IV colon cancer that spread outside the colon. He had never been sick till early March. He started feeling tired and and sluggish and we thought that he had the flu at first and he just wasn't getting any better. He had a lot of fluid in his stomach. We finally got him into a doctor and they did some test and found it right away. So they did surgery on the 22nd of March. They could not remove the tumor it was to large and spread out. They did a clostomy and started treatment the first of May. On top of all that he had a very large blood clot come up in his leg and he could barely walk. They had to go in and put in a basket to catch it if it broke off. He has gotten a lot stronger but still is unable to work and do to much. The Xeloda is a chemo pill that we are praying that this will help.So far the other chemo that he had been taking hadn't done to much. Just kept it at bay. I wish you the very best with your husband. This is so hard on them but it is very diffcult on us. Please let me know what is going on with you and your husband. I will be praying for you. Husband with cancer

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by Kaypo on Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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Dear Husband With Colan Cancer , I really don't wish to address you like this , I wish to address you as Dear Husband Free From Cancer . Thank you for explaining what Xeloda is . I really do not know what it is . So they are Chemo pills . Expensive ? How often must your husband take ? Are there any side effects ? Like hair loss , weight loss , vommitting , tired , lack of interest to even making a conversation ... By the way , what is clostomy ? A section of the colon removed ? We are seeing the surgeon for the 1st time tomorrow to get the CT scan result and then we'll know more hopefully in details . Thank you for sharing your experience and prayers . We wish you the very best success in recovery and good health . Lisa

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by Husband_With_Colan_Cancer on Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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My name is also Lisa, I like what you said husband with out cancer. He had to have a clostmy bag. They call it a stoma. It is in the side of his abdomen. He has only been on the Xeloda since thursday. So far the only side effect is tired. I know that there can be. We are just praying against them. He was really sick on some of the other chemo untill they gave him some medication called emend and dectron. I don't think that is the right name. but it did wonders for him. He lost like 60lbs with his surgery. He was in pretty bad shape. He also had a really bad blood clot that was a problem. He is stronger now and doing pretty good. He cannot work and doesn't do to much. He sleeps in the recliner or on the couch they is the most comfortable for him.I really hate this monster. I just want our life to go back to normal. I hope that things look up for you all and stay strong.

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by Kaypo on Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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Let's not be sorry for ourselves . Everything happens for a reason . Hopefully we will are benefit from this nasty experience by understanding the true meaning of love and family . Our husbands know we are doing our best to keep the ship sailing so we have to show it to them that we can do it . Now it's time for your husband to rest and recover and plan for next summer vacation . Nothing is impossible , believe ok . I am doing the best I can and meeting the surgeon tomorrow will give us a clearer understanding of what is going on from the CT scan . I am nervous and I will do what I can to beat this hateful disease . So , belive ok . Lisa
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