I recently started my second two-week course of taking Xeloda. I experienced several common side effects during my first "rest" week - most of which are under control. What's really aggravating me is extreme tenderness on the soles of my feet. I'm keeping them well moisturized so I've had no cracking or peeling. When I walk it feels like the soles are sunburned.

Any suggestions on reducing the tenderness? I'm trying to minimize OTC oral meds that I take but maybe some type of painkiller is necessary.  Also, If you've had a similar experience with Xeloda does the tenderness last as long as you take the meds or does it eventually dissipate?

I look forward to your input,

Tenderfoot Tom

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Adida, it looks like you're getting a lot of good (although somewhat mixed) advice on how to proceed. It's a bit of a hike from Michigan, but I highly recommend the Mayo Clinic. Check with the insurance carrier to make sure they'll cover the second opinion. You don't need a doctor's referral to get into Mayo. Go to their website and you'll find a link to their self-referral page. I filled out the forms on a Thursday night and had a call from Mayo on Friday to set up an appointment - and had one within two weeks.

I happended to like what they told me there - but even if I hadn't I had the satisfaction and peace of mind of knowing that I'd "gone to the top" for treatment options.

Best wishes for you and your dad.

Thanks for the advice and support. I am going to talk with my oncologist to see if the steroids are absolutely needed. If so, that's the way it is. No one has given me negative feedback, but I hate the pear shape I see in the mirror. I know I'll never be a junior petite, but I don't like the pregnant look at all. Good to hear that the process (not pregnancy!) is reversible if I get off the steroids. Thank you.

I wasn't sure if I should place this under "nutrition" or "side effets" - or maybe both. I started gem/cis treatment in January 2010 and just had my 34th one. When I started chemo I weighed 175 and wore a 36 pants. (I'm 61, 6' tall). I've gained 30 pounds since starting chemo and gone to a snug 40 in pants. I don't want to blimp up further!

My appetite has remained normal (not a hinit of nausea) but I'm borderline anemic most of the time. So, I eat a fiarly normal diet, put on weight, but don't have the energy to excercise and burn off some calories.

Any suggestions on how to lose some of this weight?

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(I also posted this under "Chemotherapy")

I started on the G/C combo in January, 2010. My cycle was once a week for two weeks and then a week off. I did that through September when my PET scan showed no tumors. Six weeks later they were evident again. My oncologist (Minnesota Oncology) recommended getting back on the same schedule. I decided to go to Mayo as it's just 90 miles away from my home. In a nutshell, I was told that my oncologist was right on the mark, that I should go back to St. Paul and I'd be in good hands. I started the G/C combo again last month and will have another scan at the end of April to see what's happening.

My main side effect is anemia (no hair loss and I've gained 20 pounds). I get injections of aranespe and neulasta to build up my blood counts.

Maybe slightly off-topic - but I've been getting regular PET scans to determine the effectiveness of chemo on the tumors. Mayo gave me a CAT scan instead. I see on other entries the mention of MRI's. Is one test more reliable than the others? I haven't been able to find pertinent info online.

I started on the G/C combo in January, 2010. My cycle was once a week for two weeks and then a week off. I did that through September when my PET scan showed no tumors. Six weeks later they were evident again. My oncologist (Minnesota Oncology) recommended getting back on the same schedule. I decided to go to Mayo as it's just 90 miles away from my home. In a nutshell, I was told that my oncologist was right on the mark, that I should go back to St. Paul and I'd be in good hands. I started the G/C combo again last month and will have another scan at the end of April to see what's happening.

My main side effect is anemia (no hair loss and I've gained 20 pounds). I get injections of aranespe and neulasta to build up my blood counts.

Maybe slightly off-topic - but I've been getting regular PET scans to determine the effectiveness of chemo on the tumors. Mayo gave me a CAT scan instead. I see on other entries the mention of MRI's. Is one test more reliable than the others? I haven't been able to find pertinent info online.