Thank you for sharing. i do hope things get sorted. Give her my love. She can be certain of lots of support on the cape thread.
Altho im on a drip, i do feel blessed, because im fairly well. So im quite lucky really.
do let us know if theres anything you or mum would like to chat about. Its very hard to see your mum go through this isnt it? I hope you have good support.
love and hugs
My suggestion to contact the breast care nurse or nurse specialst( some hosps have one or the other) was so that they can speak to the oncologist and maybe get the dose changed, or, if theres a clinic tomorow/soon mum can be seen. They will definitely help you.
if they cant reach a nurse, your dad could ask the switchboard to put him through to the oncologists secretary, I often have called my bcn or onc sec about sonething. As mum sounds as if shes having a hard time they will sort things for her, as its so important to be happy/ comfortable on a drug.
sadly Cape stopped working for me KAB, I would love to be on it, I am now on Eribulin, which is doing wonders for me, but 2 thursdays out of 3 I have to go in to have an infusion, which limits my freedom!
you didnt say what mums history was...i had lobular cancer diag in 2001 and had various treatments then..
i ended up on Letrozole which was really good....after some years on that they told me i could stop...a few years later it had retirned to my liver and bones. i went on Cape, but had a short break from it and the bc got resistant, i then had vinorelbine, tried letrozole again, neither worked, Eribulin is helping me currently.
tell mum, if she can, and can tolerate it, persevere with cape.....by the way, dry biscuits might help with the nausea, I remember it was awful, but the reduced dose helped. As cancer ladies, we are all at risk of dvts
and I think I was too inactive..get mum seen asap, so shes more able to live a normal life, she will find it easier on it thenxxx
love and hugsxx
Welcome to this site, lots of lovely ladies and we are all here for each other. sorry to hear about your mum. capecitabine is a really goos drug. However, at first it does take time to get used to. Im not on it now, sadly because it stopped working for me, ..however, as it is tablet form it does give us freedom, wheras being on a drip is a bit of a tie.
my first cycle on Cape was very traumatic, I had sickness and diarhoea and was very unhappy. The oncs tend to put you on the highest dose for your weight, to see if we can tolerate it because some ladies do.
i think I was on the same dose as your mum, but after the first cycle or maybe the second, they reduced the dose and also let me take it 2weeks on and two weeks off. i was a bit worried about the reduced dose, but it did work for me for almost two years.
it would be good to call the breast care nurse tomorrow and let her know hard your mum is finding it.
They may well reduce the dose, which semed to work for me.
I was given antisickness tabs to take too...try and persuade your mum to keep as active as shes able, I tended to lie down for most of the day sometimes when I felt miserable, but I did get a deep vein thrombosis because I was too inactive, so lying/resting is fine but suggest she gets up and walks every hour and also drinks plenty of water. Also suggest she takes the tablet with food, as they can irritate the throat.
i am sorry she is having such a hard time. This is a really good website to get support as there are loads of lovely ladies on Cape. There is a thread just for them its called
Re Xeloda capecitabine your top tips please. You will get lots of tips and support on that thread.