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Xeloda/capecitabine - cycle lengths

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Re: Xeloda/capecitabine - cycle lengths

My first capecitabine scan is saturday after 3 cycles hoping for a good outcome but preparing  for bad.

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Re: Xeloda/capecitabine - cycle lengths

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. 

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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 . 

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Thank you. I appreciate you taking time to respond.

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Hi

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.

Nicky x

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Xeloda/capecitabine - cycle lengths

Hi.

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?

Thanks.