Kiter wrote:Question 1: how critical is food with Xeloda and how much food is really needed?
Question 2: What's with the "don't exercise after taking" instructions... and is 30 min enough time after taking to address this?
Additional Question 3:
Has anyone seen an increase in their Nueropathy with Xeloda? It's listed as an 'uncommon' side-effect, but since I already have it...???
I had Xeloda (oral) 2 weeks on 1 week off as monotherapy (was not every 12 hours). I had pre-existing neuropathy also (both feet). My oncologist opted to not give me Oxaliplatin due to that, as the Oxa tends to cause neuropathy and they didn't want to make it worse. Due to my height and weight, I had a high dose / amount of Xeloda. I did not experience any increased neuropathy due to the Xeloda, at least that I could tell.
I cut back on some of the "fortified" cereals, but otherwise did not change my diet or exercise very much other than to drink as much water as I could. I'd heard this was an easy but very good way to help minimize side effects. I was very fortunate, and my body reacted without many side effects to the Xeloda until round 7, at which time I started to notice the hand/foot syndrome popping up. I did some research and found that most studies indicated Xeloda reached maximum effectiveness at 7 days, and that 1 week on 1 week off regimens were just as effective with less side-effects. My oncologist didn't seem to think the studies I referenced were good enough to change his regimen, so I changed it myself and my side-effects got much better. for my last 2 rounds.
Everyone has their own reactions and journeys, but I hope this info is helpful!
Smiles, hugs and prayers,