The pill is capecitabine; Xelox is a brand name. The pill is the oral version of the 5-FU (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/informatio ... racil.html
) Your hubby is on the standard best practice for this type and stage of cancer - a cycle of 5-FU and another chemo. If he gets the 5-FU chemo in a pill form, it goes every three weeks - two weeks on, one week off (or so.) If it's a pump form, it's every two weeks (or so) for some number of hours each time, different number of weeks. Studies have determined that best results occur if the 5-FU (in any form) is paired with a second chemo, oxaliplatin. So, you will hear that he is on Xelox or Capox - it's the pill 5-FU plus the infused oxaliplatin. The docs target for a certain number of cycles - let's hypothetically say six - that science so far demonstrates best survival rates that some number of people can well tolerate for this stage of cancer. Beyond this, it is dependent upon individual variables - what individuals can handle. My oncologist targeted five cycles Capox - he would have been happy. But neuropathy and liver numbers made him call off the chemo after four. ( He was still satisfied.) Other folks have gone five or six. It was frustrating to not be able to pencil this thing on a calendar. Cycles might be delayed and take four or five weeks rather than three - the entire program may be off one month or more. I hope this answers your question. I had a rectal cancer. My hubby had a colon cancer 13 years ago and is also a SMALL CELL lung cancer survivor from seven years ago. So we are pretty much veterans in the cancer survival situation. This is the best place to be for questions and the folks here are very kind and generous with their knowledge.
RC, F, 63 at diagnosis, Sept. 2017
Adeno 6.3 - 7 cm tumor (PET) MSS, G2,
Est. T3N0M0 PET
2500 Cap/RT Oct/Nov18; 25 treatments
"Near complete metabolic response" PET Jan 2018
CEA 0.5 Oct. 2017, Jan. 2018, 0.6 Oct. 2018
MRI Feb. 2018 Presurg yT2 N0 12 cm from AV 3
LAR Feb 20 yT1N0M0 0/21 G1 0.3 cm
CAPEOX March 2018, oxi and cap reduced to 80% at cycle 3
Completed 4 cycles CAPEOX; stopped due to gut issues, liver enzymes
Clear CT and colonoscopy November 2018. NED.