I did IMRT with 5-FU (oral) at Mayo Clinic in MN for 8 weeks in 2015. Unfortunately it didn’t eliminate my peritoneal recurrence. It did, however, damage my pancreas. I now need to take Creon with meals for proper digestion. We did unusually high doses of IMRT in an attempt to cure vs. palliate.
Grsharp: actually we r in NY right now looking for a second opinion at the Memorial Sloan Jettering center . No good news again. The tumor with the treatment began to show necrotizing borders . But didn’t shrink . My husband tumor its in a BAD Place . Can’t be remove . Hope u have good luck with the treatment.
Mrucci, how has the rad and Xeloda treatments worked out for your husband? My wife is scheduled to start radiation and 5Fu (which is, I think the same as Xeloda except it is an IV rather than oral) on 4/25/16. Incidentally, we are in Nashville tn.
I have received IMRT with Xeloda (capecitabine) and have had a great response every time. Some people have good results but I have talked to people that it did not work for them. Worst side effect for me is tiredness…sometimes lasting up to a month after you complete your IMRT. It really depends on the amount of GY’s (gamma rays) that are “cooking” the tumor or lymph nodes with. I rarely felt nauseous but just popped pill for nausea and it went away.