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Regimen Information

For Xeloda, including Side Effects


Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Breast Cancer

How Xeloda chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Xeloda for the treatment of Breast Cancer

Xeloda (capcitabine) is a drug used in the treatment of breast cancer.


  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Rash

  • Hand Foot Syndrome

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Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

Hi, I'm Lamama

I am tired and find that I need a nap with lunch in order to be productive in the afternoon. Hand and foot syndrome didn’t show up until my 3rd course, but I manage it by being very careful about footwear, using some very nice lotions- Crabtree and Evelyn hand therapy and Aveda foot lotion, and staying off my feet when I can. I will train for the marathon when I finish treatment. :) digestive issues are mysterious and I carry Imodium, gasx, lactaid, and a change of undies at all times. I just bought some nice scented candles to help get the stink out of the house. My hair looks great and has actually become curlier! I’ve been able to continue working full time and I still enjoy getting out with my spouse and family. I’m hoping to have many more years to enjoy!

  • Sat Apr 20, 2013
I'm shirley, and I support someone with cancer

My mother started XELODA treatment last month. She is always tired and drowsy. She experiencing hot flushes and breathing problems and also her sugar is up and down. she is very weak

  • Mon Aug 12, 2013

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Treatment Overview

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