Capecitabine Xeloda

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This chempotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Capecitabine (Xeloda) which is a treatment for women with advanced breast cancer who have not responded well to chemotherapy with other agents such as taxol or Adriamycin. It can be taken orally and operates by targeting tumour cells - leaving healthy cells relatively unharmed. Each tablet contains a toxic agent Fluorouracil (5FU) which is activated only when it reaches the site of the tumour by an enzyme found at high levels in cancer cells and low levels in normal ones. Trials have shown that it can prolong the lives of women whose cancer has spread to other organs.  It is also used with gastro-intestinal tumours.  It is usually well tolerated with minimal toxicity, but for some individuals the side-effects can be severe.

Side effects can include: diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, mouth and throat sores, decreased appetite, skin rash, dehydration.

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