Xeloda 4.10.2 cancer the buzzkill

cancer fears bombard / us with every new symptom / i hate being scared 
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Since my last meeting with my oncologist, I have been taking a dose of Xeloda® at 500 mg less than the full dose for me (3,000 mg). My oncologist is hoping to control the side effects, in particular the nasty business with the hand-foot syndrome. Starting with cycle 4.9, it has been reduced. I think I noticed a slight change, but because this stuff stays in the body a while, it takes time to notice differences.Unfortunately, since my last appointment, I have had some other lung symptoms,  primarily, shortness of breath with little exertion. Ironic, isn’t it, that I was dancing around, as much as possible for me, of course, just before my last treatment and celebrating right after my visit with my oncologist when I was feeling decent and had good diagnostic results. Just like cancer to be a buzzkill. The shortness of breath started right after that and has increased, so after an x-ray and blood tests Monday, I have a stat appointment with the pulmonologist tomorrow. It had to take some magic to get that appointment as usually those specialists are booked into the distant future.

So, armed with a little lorazepam to keep from freaking out, I hope to get some sleep tonight with the anticipation of some answers (and good news) tomorrow that will be less frightening than what one frequently imagines in the middle of the night during times like this.

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7 responses to “Xeloda 4.10.2 cancer the buzzkill

  1. Roni (RaptorRapture)

    Holding out a fluffy paw for you to hold onto should you need it tonight, and every night. Hugs to you Dear Lady!

  2. Sending good vibes for positive news. Hope you are getting some sleep

  3. It’s hard to sleep well when one is worried. Best of luck tomorrow.

  4. So great that you were able to get in to see the pulmonologist so soon! Surely that’s a good sign. If Lorazapam helps, use it, I say. Breathe (even if its hard). Know that you have many friends out here in the world who are rooting for you!

  5. Hi Donna. It’s great that you got the appointment so quick, yet at the same time I am sorry that you have to go through this period of anxiety. When you find the right chemo medication like xeloda and everything is working and the you hit a snag like this, it is understandable that you feel anxious. I hope the lorazepan helped you sleep and I am hoping all is well with you. Cancer has so many ups and downs. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you get some answers soon as waiting for them is very anxiety producing. xoxoxoxo-Susan

  6. good that you could have an appointment although they were booked for a long time Donna…I will keep my fingers crossed for you and some Huge Dutch {{HUGS}} coming your way !!!

  7. You’re in my thoughts, Donna. I hope you got comforting news today. I just shake my head at all the sideeffects we’re stuck with — or have to take other medications to mitigate. I’m a big believer in the value of a bit of deep breathing, but Stage IV cancer is such that a little lorazepam is often necessary. It has been for me. Without it, I can’t sleep through the night. Without it, I have trouble handling some of the curveballs life’s been throwing my way of late. Best wishes. ~Kate

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