I have stage IV anal cancer (squamous cell) and started 2,000 mg Xeloda per day ten days ago. Fortunately, I have little nausea. My problems have been exhaustion and feeling very stressed-out. I've discovered a way to make both side effects more tolerable: eat big meals and eat when I feel hungry. Xeloda suppresses my appetite so I need to go against instinct and eat a lot. Yesterday I wasn't very hungry for breakfast and ate less than usual, then felt super exhausted and stressed-out all day and evening. Today I prodded myself to eat a larger breakfast and today my energy and stress levels are near-normal. Success story.
And I do believe Xeloda is fighting the cancer. My anus is the primary cancer source and the secondary source is lymph glands in my groin. Since I started Xeloda, these glands have decreased in size by half. My oncologist is pleased with this result.
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