My Mom (77) was on both when she was diagnosed at stage IV with mets to the lungs. She went every two weeks for chemo and did I think 6 rounds. Later the doctors added Nexavar and Xeloda.
I firmly believe it gave her much more time. She was diagnosed in May 2008 and died April 3, 2009. Her prognosis with stage IV mets would usually be 6 to 8 months. She was able to dance at her Granddaughters' wedding in December and see the birth of her second great grandchild in October.
She tolerated both extremely well with only some "cold neuropathy" that lasted two days after the chemo. (This annoyed her since she wasn't able to have her milkshake on those days!) She had no nausea or any other side effects from the drugs.
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My Mom lost her one year battle with CC on April 3, 2009.
"A prognosis is simply an audit of how truly precious each day is. Live each day to the maximum, celebrate what was, and what is - Don't spend your life looking forward to what will or might be." .... words of wisdom from my beloved son on hearing of his grandmother's CC prognosis.