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(7 replies, posted in Chemotherapy)

Xeloda is the only chemo my husband has had.  After a successful resection in March, he had Xeloda in conjunction with radiation, followed by Xeloda alone.  When he was offered the Xeloda post radiation, the oncologist told us that there was no evidence that Xeloda would help, but they would offer.  He did the chemo, and just got his post chemo scan results-at this time, there is no active cancer.  January 26 will be the one year anniversary of his diagnosis--stage 4.

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(3 replies, posted in Introductions!)

My husband had surgery in March 2014.  Following surgery, he had radiation with  Xeloda.  After 5 weeks of radiation, he had a little break, and then Xeloda alone.  He tolerated it pretty well, although toward the end of his treatment he developed hand/foot syndrome--his hands and feet were very sensitive, skin on his fingers wanted to split, and bottom of his feet experienced peeling.  He frequently lotioned his hands and feet with a good quality lotion--this helped immensely.  Other than sensitive hands/feet, he didn't really experience any other side effects. He just finished his last round in mid-December.

Thank you both Peter and Joyce for the helpful information.

I am reading everyones story and gathering as much info as I can.  I will have a better idea of how my mother is doing when I visit her in a week.  She tells me she is feeling good, but has lost 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks.  Is this normal when you start chemo (Gemzar) Does anyone have any diet suggestions?   

Thank you again
Sharon

Hello all, I am so thankful I came upon this site!  I have many questions.  My mother was diagnosed with cc  at the end of Sept.  She was at John Hopkins where she was to under go whipple surgery.  Unfortunately when they opend her up the doctors discovered the cancer had spread into her pancreas, liver and other parts.  There was nothing they could do.  She is now in Florida receiving her first round of chemo treatment.  The oncologist gave her 3 to 9 months. Im personally not ready for that, I give her longer, my mother is strong and a fighter.  She is 75 and was very healthy before this.  She could put me to shame with her energy.  Is receiveing chemo a good choice?  She was feeling fine before they started and now she has no energy and feels ill.  Can anyone give me an honest answer on what to expect.  I understand everyones case is a little different, but  I am not sure what to expect in the last few months of her life.  I live in Michigian and need to know the questions to ask when I meet with her doctor during Thanksgiving.  My prayers go out to each and everyone of you.  We must stand strong, have faith, love eachother and live life to the fullest!  Thank you in advance for you time and input.