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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Capecitabine (Definition)

Capecitabine is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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How fast does Xeloda (capecitabine) work on shrinking tumours and how would this drug cause you to vomit blood ?

How fast does Xeloda (capecitabine) work on shrinking tumours and how would this drug cause you to vomit blood ?

See below: Xeloda (capecitabine) can shrink tumors in 3-4 weeks time. It would rarely cause bleedding in the vomitus...It could only happen if it has caused severe mouth/throat ulcerations which is uncommom but it does occur in 1-2% of the patients taking xeloda (capecitabine). ...Read more

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Mcrc patient aged 65. Drs not willing to Give any 5-FU drugs due to chest tightness . Tried Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan . What can we do now ?

Mcrc patient aged 65. Drs not willing to
Give any 5-FU drugs due to chest tightness . Tried Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan . What can we do now ?

Define met site.: Regardless of site and extent of mets, primary resection essential. This eliminates any other site of spread. PET/CT will determine met areas after primary removed. If as is usual, mets are to liver, microwave ablation, or chemo embolization or radioactive microspheres given to liver to control disease. Any pulmonary nodes removed thru thorascope. Most protocols contain 5FU (fluorouracil). ...Read more

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Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Yes: Target agents that have activity either as single agent or as combination for recurrent or refractory metastatic colon cancer as a second line include: Avastin (bevacizumab) or Cetuximab/Panitumumab (if k-ras, n-ras, b-raf are wide type) or Regorafenib (inhibitor of angiogenic receptor) or aflibercept. FOLFOX may be effective too after irinotecan has failed. Clinical trials are aslo available. ...Read more

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What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

An Oral Chemotherapy: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemotherapy drug, the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, hand-foot syndrome (redness, swelling, cracking of palms/soles) and like any chemotherapy may bring down your white blood cells. To prevent this you may take an anti diarrheal, anti emetic, b6, use a skin moisturizer and check your blood frequently. Not everyone experiences one of these symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective is xeloda (capecitabine)?

In certain cancer: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemo, which is a prodrug of 5-fluorouracil- a type of chemotherapy that has been used for many different cancers. Xeloda (capecitabine) is an effective chemotherapy for some cancers- such as gastrointestinal cancers ( colon, rectal, stomach, esophageal etc), breast cancer- but not for all type of cancer. ...Read more

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Does Xeloda (capecitabine) effect your eyesight?

Does Xeloda (capecitabine) effect your eyesight?

Usually no: Eye side effects are not common with this medication. Some people have reports redness, irritation or swollen lids. Blurriness of vision is not expected. If you are experiencing this, you should see an eye md. ...Read more

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How long Xeloda (capecitabine) stays in the body?

Varies: This varies among different patients. Half of the active drug is eliminated in approx 45 minutes from thebody- however, some drug levels are present in body tissues for many days. ...Read more

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What can anyone tell me about Xeloda (capecitabine) effects?

What can anyone tell me about Xeloda (capecitabine) effects?

Possible Side Effect: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemotherapy drug, the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, hand-foot syndrome (redness, swelling, cracking of palms/soles) and like any chemotherapy may bring down your white blood cells. To prevent this you may take an anti diarrheal, anti emetic, b6, use a skin moisturizer and check your blood frequently. Not everyone experiences one of these symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Xeloda (Definition)

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