Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

These are 2 options. Xeloda (capecitabine) - is an oral chemotherapy drug that can be used for certain metastatic cancers alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs as palliative treatment. Zometa - is used in a situation where cancer has spread to the bones. Its not chemotherapy but a bisphosphanate, a medication used to prevent further weakening of bones by cancer and prevent fractures. In some situations both are given.

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Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets from breast?

Not uncommon. Xeloda (capecitabine) is a chemotherapy drug related to 5-fu. It is a tablet and is used by itself in the elderly and in combination with other drugs for breast cancer. It is relatively well tolerated. Zometa is a bisphosphonate designed to strengthen bone like drugs for osteoporosis. In metastatic cancer its job is to reduce the liklihood of fracture and other problems in bone. Read more...

Should one on chemo (xeloda+eloxatin+zometa) take multivitamins, calcium, antioxidants, resveratrol, digestive enzymes, fish oils, curcumin etc?

No known harm? Buy the best of my knowledge there should be no adverse interaction. However the big caveat receiving chemotherapy and nutritional support via supplements you take is the specific lack of research on potential multidrug/supplement interactions. So a guarded answer by me. Read more...
Xeloda-oxali. You may want to stop your multivitamins while you are on Xeloda as Folic Acid may exgerate side effect of xeloda. You also need to have your vitamin d level checked and take a supplement if the level is low as vitamin d deficiency may affect the response to chemotherapy. Read more...

70 years male, stomach cancer metastasized to liver&bone, on (xeloda+eloxatin+zometa), can or should he take antioxidants during chemo?

Probably not. . The general principle is chemotherapy is trying to inflict damage on cells. Ask your oncologist...Therefore probably best to avoid supplements. Read more...
May help, not hurt. Generally antioxidant supplements when used in recommended dosage along with healthy diet/exercises should not do you harm. In your case of multiple chemo agents being used for cancer, antioxidants may help reduce some oxidative stresses that your body is undergoing at this time. However, i would recommend that you let your physicians know about what you taking so they can monitor. Good luck. Read more...
No. There is no benefit I am aware of with antioxidants helping chemotherapy. There are theoretical reasons why antioxidants can impair chemotherapies ability to kill cancer cells. I would not take additional unproven supplements without a md approval or without being on a clinical trial to study it. Anti-oxidants have harmed people in randomized studies. The won't harm, might help mantra is out. Read more...

What happens if for mcrc, Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed? The person has about 3, 4 mets?

Not really. Having failed does not necessarily represent progression of metastasis but possibly no evidence of extensive disease progression. In such a case if disease is in liver isotope infusion or chemoembolization may help. If new lung lesions are seen, they may be amenable to resection and if progression has occurred newer immunotherapy approaches such as with Neo 102 can give better than 1 yr. survival . Read more...

Xeloda (capecitabine). Can someone go off Chemo and on an Aromatase Inhibitor after taking Xeloda (capecitabine). I am not menopausal yet and have BC mets to lymph and? Liver?

Yes and No. You have to give us details of your medical history such as when was your breast cancer first diagnosed? When did it becomemetastatic? What all drugs have been used to treat your breast cancer so far.Have you been treated with Tamoxifen before? Did Tamoxifen help control your breast Cancer anytime or it did not? AI's are typically not used in Premenopausal patients because you ovaries are active. Read more...

What would be best chemo / treatment after irinotecan n Xeloda (capecitabine) failed for colon cancer with mets?

Difficult to answer. recommended chemotherapy regimens change regularly depending on the results of studies. Your oncologist should keep on top of those studies and will be able to recommend the next approved therapy or any experimental trials which may be available. I would talk further with your oncologist before making any plans. Good luck. Read more...

10 liver mets and a node in metastic colon cancer. Xeloda (capecitabine) irinitecan failed. Can anything be done?

Yes. When colon Ca metastasizes to the liver it remains and progresses there with occasional node to porta. The first approach is to try chemoembolization after having an angiogram of the hepatic artery. This route can also be used for intrahepatic isotope administration. Systemically chemo plus avastin (bevacizumab) or Erbitux can be tried. New studies with Neo 102 are being offered in FDA trials . Read more...