Topic: Brittle Nails

Has anyone with CC had brittle nails? I was told it was a side effect of xeloda.

Re: Brittle Nails

As always,consult your oncologist BEFORE any change of your treatment plan.
Thanks to the CC foundation ,according to the package insert I picked up  at  the Genentech booth for Xeloda(dated 4/2011).
If you are on montherapy only with xeloda; the adverse effect of nail DISORDER  is about 7% in a phase II trail involved 162 patients of stage IV breast cancer.
If you are on a combination therapy with Xeloda,the chance  is about 14%,and 2% of them is in the  Grade 3 category.(the scale is from Grade1-Grade 4 ,a scale developed to measure the  adverse drug reaction of medication;Grade 4 is being the most serious.):the chance for nail DISCOLORATION is 6% .
Generally,dose reduction of Xeloda may be needed  base on the condition of the nails and other related issues  until problem resolved ; this is why you should call your oncologist and make an appointment to let him/her to determine what is the best way to due with the problem.You should not change any current treatment plans until you talk to the oncologist.
There  is also a phone # (1-877-987-2487) you can call for support and a  oncology nurse who trained about Xeloda will answer your questions about Xeloda 24/7 in 150 languages;it is provided by Genentech,the company that makes Xeloda.
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Brittle Nails

Thanks for your advice. I should have mentioned that I finished the xeloda in Feb this year. I go for blood work on Tuesday. I wonder if the brittle nails are related to low protein. Thanks again, Johanna