Zackattack wrote:My new oncologist was very open to my treatment. She had no preference between Folfox and Capox. I chose the CAPOX because I would rather take the pills for 2 weeks a cycle instead of bringing home things and trying to sleep with machines pumping into my veins. Personal preference. She recommended 3 months of treatment, I asked if we can do 4, she said sure. I think it'll be a fairly aggressive dose. 130 or 135 (can't remember) oxaliplatin and 4000 mg daily of Xeolda. My research using a body surface area calculator shows I'm approx 1.79m2. Shouldn't the dosage be closer to 4300 or 4600mg daily? Would you guys ask to raise the dose or let it be for the first cycle @ 4000?
She is not an integrative oncologist and told me to stop any natural supplements during this treatment, and I will/have. I was hoping to add at least PSK/turkey tail mushroom but trust her judgment. I understand that antioxidants are bad for chemo as we need the cell walls to break down --are there any supplements that are safe to combine with Xelox that I can ask her about? I'm going to continue D3 5000iu.
I'm having the powerport put in on Friday the 13th and i'll let it heal for 11 days. She said I could just get IV injections but from everyones feedback here, I opted for the port for easy blood draws and Oxal infusions.
Due to my best friends wedding on Oct 12th, I'm doing my start-date of Chemo 9/24 so the wedding will fall on the off week of Xeloda. That's 4 weeks and a few days after my surgery from Aug 21st.
1) I was told to stop all vitamins/supps.
2) 11 days should be more than enough time for you to heal from the port insertion. I'm pretty sure I did chemo the day after I got mine in.
3) Some will disagree but my feeling is you shouldn't be calculating dosages. You're not a doctor (I assume). I left that to the experts but made sure to tell them about any and all side effects. My Oxi and Xeloda dosages both were lowered during my chemo.