Why is Xeloda used with radiation?

Capecitabine is commercially available and FDA approved to treat breast cancer that has spread. Radiation therapy is also commonly used to treat breast cancer. The combination of capecitabine and radiation therapy is commonly used to treat rectal cancer….Xeloda (Capecitabine) and External Beam Radiation.

Last Update Posted: July 26, 2018
Last Verified: June 2018

Is capecitabine radioactive?

Xeloda® (oral chemotherapy) is a pill taken by mouth. This medication will be taken during the course of radiation therapy on days that radiation treatments are given….Capecitabine (Xeloda) and Radiation for Patients With Rectosigmoid Carcinoma.

Last Update Posted: November 12, 2007
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What are capecitabine tablets?

Capecitabine is used to help treat patients with Dukes’ C colon cancer (colon cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the area close to the colon), after having surgery. This medicine is also used to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread to other parts of the body).

Do you lose hair with Xeloda?

When used on its own, capecitabine occasionally causes some temporary hair thinning. It very rarely causes complete hair loss. If capecitabine is taken in combination with another chemotherapy drug, most people will lose all their hair including eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair.

When do you take Xeloda for radiation therapy?

This medication will be taken during the course of radiation therapy on days that radiation treatments are given. Xeloda pills will be taken twice daily beginning with the first day of radiation therapy treatments and ending on the last day of radiation therapy treatment.

How often do you get Xeloda and capecitabine?

Patients will all receive the combined treatment of 3-D external radiation therapy plus Xeloda®. External Radiation Therapy to the pelvis, lower abdomen and rectal area will be given once a day, five days a week, Monday through Friday, for about five to six weeks using three dimensional techniques.

Who is the manufacturer of Xeloda oral chemo?

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What are the side effects of stopping Xeloda?

Stop using Xeloda and call your doctor at once if you have: severe nausea or loss of appetite that causes you to eat much less than usual; sores or ulcers in your mouth, redness or swelling of your mouth or tongue, trouble eating or swallowing;