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A 33-year-old male asked:

How effective if any is xeloda (capecitabine) for bone cancer (metastasized from stomach cancer) ?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Xeloda (capecitabine): Xeloda (capecitabine) is one of chemotherapy that is effective -in combination with other chemotherapy - for stomach cancer. As a systemic treatment- it would work not only for the mass on the stomach but also for the cancer cells elsewhere- including the ones in the bone. The response may be individually however., you should give a try and see how it does. In addition, zometa or x-geva need to be considered.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: What do you mean, "effective" ? In terms of survival, stage IV (metastatic) gastric cancer has a 5 year survival rate of only about 5%. Xeloda (capecitabine) is unlikely to significantly change this but ease of administration is a significant benefit. Overall, it is a promising agent although metastatic gastric cancer is a serious disease with high mortality rates.
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Low effectiveness: For advanced/metastasized stomach (gastric) cancer the therapies are suboptimally effective in general. For fit individuals 2 or 3 drug combinations can be used. The use of single agent 5-fu or the oral version Capecitabine (xeloda) is easier to tolerate and convenient and may have some effect but it is not highly effective without other drugs in combo.
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