midlifemom wrote:Mike, there are always options, butt 6 months of folfox with 46 hour pump is standard care.
One other option you may want to investigate/discuss with onc is Xeloda instead of the pump. I never did xeloda so can't offer much of an opinion, butt use the search feature and you will find discussions on both folfox and xeloda.
Best of luck.
HopeForJesse wrote:Hi Mike,
I am fairly new to this forum too but I can tell you that is the exact same treatment for my DH. In the furture, they can teach someone how to remove the infusion for you after 48 hours so you don't have to always go back in the Wednesday after.
Good luck and lots of prayers for you.
Ajane wrote:Mike, if you choose Xeloda, but want to be as aggressive as possible, as a stage 3, of course you'll need to add Oxaliplatin. It can be given intravenously, but can be really hard on the veins. I can attest to the fact that it was hard on my veins via IV, but much easier via the port. If you have any issues with reflux and routinely take PPI's (Prilosec, Nexium, etc), you're not a candidate for Xelox. There was an article presented at the ASCO meeting last May indicating that PPI's interfer with the absorption of Xeloda. Unfortunately, we did not know that when I started my chemo last June. After two horrid rounds when I could not complete of Xelox, at the prompting of another member here, I started researching PPI's and Xeloda. That's when I found the article and presented it to my Oncologist. We switched to Folfox and did fine. I only needed an occasional Zantac to control the gastric upset.
Sorry for the book and the soapbox. I just don't want anyone else to go through any unnecessary pain and ineffective, ill-absorbed Xeloda!
Good luck to you, Jane
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