Xeloda Chemo Info for Breast Cancer
As you may know, Navigating Cancer has a robust resource section with information on all the different chemotherapy regimens by cancer type, with in depth information about each chemotherapy drug and their potential side effects.
Previously we summarized the TCH chemotherapy regimen for breast cancer, including common side effects of TCH chemo. Today we’ll focus on Xeloda, another breast cancer chemotherapy regimen that’s also used to treat pancreatic cancer. The drug Xeloda is also used to treat colon cancer and stomach cancer.
Xeloda (zeh-LOE-duh)is the brand name and capecitabine (ka-pe-SITE-a-been) is the generic name.
What’s the Difference Between Xeloda the Chemotherapy Regimen and Xeloda the drug?
The Xeloda breat cancer chemotherapy regimen is a treatment cycle consisting of the drug Xeloda. Other chemotherapy regimens (such as for colon and stomach cancer) may also include Xeloda as part of their treatment cycle.
How is Xeloda Chemo Given?
Xeloda is an oral medication usually taken two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, for 14 days, followed by a seven-day rest period. Read more about how the Xeloda breast cancer chemotherapy regimen is given.
What are some common side effects of Xeloda?
Every person can react differently to certain drugs. A side effect is considered common if it occurs in more than 25% of patients. Common side effects for Xeloda can include:
- Tingling, numbness, swelling or pain in the hands or soles of the feet.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea and abdominal crampin
Click the links to learn how you can minimize the side effects of Xeloda, and to read about some of the less common and rare Xeloda side effects.