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RE: is Xeloda Appropriate For Colon Cancer With Mets to Liver

by helpmom on Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:00 AM

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What encouraging & hopeful news.  My mom is 87 and on her third week of Xeloda & radiation.  She has been very lucky, that so far she is not experiencing any side effects, except for small blotches on her face. She has been eating well also. We are very grateful & continue to pray for the success of this treatment.

God bless you.

RE: Xeloda For Stage 1 Rectal Tumour Adjuvant Therapy

by ConcernedinKC on Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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My dad is starting Xeloda next week.  They were debating because they didn't know if it was T2 or T3 tumor.  Our rationale was "to be sure" get the chemo.  Like you I want to know effects, but also the best way to handle.

I was told this--use udder balm or coco cream before symptoms develop.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

 Be sure to eat before each pill taking.  But want 30 minutes after eating to take.

Hope this helps.  I wish you the best and pray that God help you!


Ann E.

RE: Xeloda - Know Your Dpd !

by ConcernedinKC on Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:00 AM

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I wanted to express my sympathy to you for the loss of your mother. As my dad was about to begin Xeloda, I really took to heart what you had to say and thanked you so much for sharing. The result was that my dad's oncologist refused to the DPD test, saying that such deficiency was so rare and the test is expensive. However, my dad's primary doctor, bless his heart, did the test. Since then I have done more research and found Dr. Diasio at Mayos. He works a lot with the outcomes of this DPD deficiency which accounts for 43% of the high toxicity reactions to Xeloda (5FU). There are two other enzymes that can be deficient as well. You dear daughter, there are so many things in the course of my dad's treatment that I didn't know only to learn later when it was too late. And this, even though I have been reading study after study after study since his diagnosis in early 2008. Following your strong and charitable and positive example, I am creating a list of those to hopefully share with others. In close, thank you again. And I encourage you to contact Dr. Diasio to tell him your story and encourage his work to get the word out. Best, Ann E. in KC
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