Well, I made it through round 1 of chemotherapy and, to be honest, it was pretty rough. I am taking Xeloda which is the brand name for Capecitabine. At first I experienced no side effects at all but, after it built up in my system I experienced increasing exhaustion, some nausea and an acid stomach. All of which I have never experienced to such an extreme degree before. Hey, I made it through…so much for round 1. Now, I’m onto round 2 of chemotherapy.
The Capecitabine is actually a fairly interesting drug when you read about it. It actually starts off as one chemical compound and goes through something called an “enzymatic cascade” which means that as it is metabolized it changes into different chemical compounds. The final step is that it turns into 5-FU within the cancer cell itself. I posted more information about it here.
I take the pills for 2 weeks and then I get a break to recuperate for 1 week. I have to be honest, I feel better. I don’t know if you can tell if it’s working from such a short period of treatment but I feel better. So, I’m hoping that my body will adjust to this medicine and that it will be effective. I think that I am scheduled to go for more scans in a week or two. I guess we’ll find out.
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