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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Xeloda (Overview)

Xeloda is a cancer agent.


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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
38 doctors shared insights

Xeloda (Overview)

Xeloda is a cancer agent.


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How effective is xeloda (capecitabine)?

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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Is it possible to be prescribed Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Is it possible to be prescribed Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Yes: xeloda is the oral form of 5FU. Depending on the nature of the tumor and whether metastatic cancer is being treated, combinations of chemotherapy are being used such as CMF or Taxol with Herceptin (trastuzumab). Its up to the treating physician as to whether a single agent is to utilized. ...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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From treatment with ixempra (ixabepilone) and xeloda. Which treatment works best for the brain tumors?

From treatment with ixempra (ixabepilone) and xeloda. Which treatment works best for the brain tumors?

NEITHER: These two chemotherapy agents are typically used in breast cancer, but in other cancers as well. I assume you mean brain metastasis. Unfortunately chemotherapy does not cross the blood-brain barrier therefore not helpful. Answer is complicated, but options are surgical resection and/or radiation depending on number, location and performance status. Talk to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can Xeloda (capecitabine) damage the liver?

Can Xeloda (capecitabine) damage the liver?

Unlikely: Xeloda (capecitabine) does not have any known liver toxicity. So you will not have to worry about this drug causing liver damage. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of xeloda (capecitabine)?

Xeloda (capecitabine): Some are muscle pains, dizziness, nausea, headaches, rash. ...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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Are there any long term effects from taking Xeloda (capecitabine) for hand foot syndrome?

Are there any long term effects from taking Xeloda (capecitabine) for hand foot syndrome?

Usually not: Redness, numbness, desquamation, tenderness and pain, discoloration, nail changes are all seen with palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (hand-foot syndrome). Most of these changes will resolve with time after stopping the Capecitabine (xeloda). There can be some chronic changes that are not usually severe- especially the discoloration and maybe occass some numbness. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Capecitabine (Definition)

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