vilca11 wrote:Hey dear, of course the oral is much easier, but the side effects are more pronounced in my experience. I had, on a low dose of just 3000mg a day (1500x2), all my feet blackened, skin peeling, could not walk for a while - very painful raw meat spots, my hands affected too, my face browning terribly, but no much neuropathy, only cramping in the hands and numbness periodically. With 5 FU full dose, I had strong sensitivity to cold, some cramps, but do not remember more serious problems... Will find out soon - I finished only 2 rounds of Folfiri by now... Keep in mind, that you might be paying part of Xeloda costs, since it is a tablet, not IV and is administered at home. And it is VERY expensive even if you do only 20% co-pay. Depends on your coverage, of course.
stevieb wrote:I am trying to decide whether or not to switch from the IV 5FU and pump for 46 hours to the pill form (Xeloda) for maintenance chemo. What has been your personal experiences with each of these? Your input is greatly appreciated! Just starting to really dislike the pump!!!!!
Vilca, did your face come back to normal once you stopped? I'm having the same problem and i have 6 cycles left!
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