I did switch to the 28-day cycle - one week on, one week off, then same again. I'm on cycle six now but my tumour markers level has started to go up again so we have scans next month to see of we can work out why (ie if there's been progression. It has been good to go to the hospital monthly rather than every three weeks.
Best wishes to all.
My first capecitabine scan is saturday after 3 cycles hoping for a good outcome but preparing for bad.
Thanks for that. I think it will be a few months before I know whether it’s working sufficiently well for that. All good after round two but first set of scans not due til the autumn. Fingers crossed.
I was speaking to a lady last week whose regime was changed to 28 day only on for 2 weeks , her chemo had worked really well and shrunk everything so it was a way of reducing the amount of chemo whilst still managing it. It was a good sign in her case so fingers crossed. Would love that the 21 days cycle seems never ending with appts on the none tablet days .
I had the ‘usual’ regime of 2 weeks on, 1 week off when I was on Cape in 2013, and most people were on the same at the time. Some ladies though have mentioned a 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off regime but I’m not sure if any current Cape users are on that or on the other 28 day cycle you’ve mentioned. Maybe someone who has or is will come along and add their knowledge.
I’m on my third round of capecitabine/Xeloda for bone mets with bone marrow involvement. Am doing well. Latest blood test results were good.
The oncologist has said if things continue to go well, we could look at changing from the usual 21-day cycle (two weeks on and one week off) to a 28-day cycle (week on, week off, week on, week off). The benefits are fewer trips to hospital and fewer blood tests.
I have heard of this happening if you are not tolerating the drug well but not if you are tolerating it well.
Does anyone have any experience of either?