Topic: Xeloda and Gemzar

My husband Dean had his first CT this week after 4 cycles of Gemzar and Xeloda.  All the tumors are shrinking!!  -his primary site is bile duct but he also has  tumors in the liver and gallbladder..  He started his fifth cycle today and his Dr. added Avastin.  Our insurance is Cigna, and they approved Avastin on the first  request-unlimited doses.  Our oncologist added it because we requested it.  He feels that patients should stick with the most successful/least side effects treatment.  By adding Avastin there are added side effects-I guess it can cause bleeding.  Everyone has had such great success with it though, that we'll try it, for at least these next four cycles.  Dean has done great on Gemzar and Xeloda.  He is working full time through all of this, and has been tired and has some nausea, but overall doing great. -his weight is holding steady.  The only extra suppliments he does are fish oil and lactobacillis, both recommended by a nutritionist that we saw.  Dean's birthday is Thursday.  He'll be 42.  This was a great birthday present!

Re: Xeloda and Gemzar

My father has been using Xeloda and Gemzar.  Cancer contain in bile duct and no liver tumors.  The doctor said, the ct scan does not show any cancer activiy.  Tumor maker was <2.5 in Dec and is now 6 or 7.  Normal range is 1-35.  Alk ?Propherous is now 160, normal range is 1-150.  So far he is doing well and he is on a very strick diet and many supplements.