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Posted by David on December 25, 2015, 3:47 pm, in reply to "discouraged"
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I'm not sure what the problem may be, but did they do an echo cardiogram on you and give you a stress test? I read back and see you have a port, so I guess you are taking the FOLFOX regiment of 5 FU, oxaliplatin and the folic acid derivative. Instead of taking the combo via the port you can take Xeloda in its place. Xeloda when metabolized via the liver ends up to be 5 FU. It is rough on your stomach and has to be taken with food. Xeloda has the same side effects as FOLFOX, basically, because it is the same chemical 5 FU Bolus. Xeloda needs to be taken longer via pill because it is not given at the high dose as with the port. The Lecovorin (folic acid) is part of the FOLFOX mix to enhance the half-time of the 5 FU in the blood stream. There have been no studies done on Xeloda with folic acid to keep it longer in the blood stream, but most medical professionals believe it would work the same way (also increase side effects, too). You might want to talk to your doctor and ask him/her if Xeloda can be taken at the lower than recommended dose of 2000 mg. per day to get you through the chemo aspect so you can go on to surgery.
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