Starting radiations Monday 11th March with xeloda chemo

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    bgmat48
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    Friday was my last radiation and Xeloda treatment. The first 2 weeks the American Cancer Sociaty couldn’t help me with a ride so I drove myself. On the last week a friend came to visit from VA and drove me to treatment. She also cooked meals to put in the freezer for me after she was gone. I feel blessed to have a friend like her. ūüíó

    So this week I am resting when I need to.  I am not feeling bad just very tired.

     

    #98349
    bglass
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    Hi Brigitte,

    I am guessing you are almost through your course of radiation.  I hope all is well, not too many side effects and that the treatment brings you the hoped-for good results.

    Best wishes, Mary

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    bgmat48
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    I am on day 6 of radiation and have been driving myself there every day as the American Cancer Society didn’t have any volunteers available.¬† You get a call each day to let you know if they have a driver.¬† I have another 9 days of treatment. At least I have free parking.¬† So far, no side affects except for low energy. I spoke to their nutritionist today and she told me I should eat 1600 calories a day.¬† I lost 12 lbs since before Christmas mainly due to eating Lean Cuisine as I fractured my right arm, than¬† had a TACE procedure so my appetite went down and has stayed down.¬† I don’t mind losing weight but she said my body needs protein to deal with cancer.¬† I told her I still have reserves of fat as per the chart I should weight 172 at most so I am still 10 lbs overweight.¬† I am¬† hoping this treatment will work.

    The other 2 existing tumors have been without chemo since 31 January and am not sure how they are doing. I am hoping Xeloda affects them too.

     

     

     

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    #98272
    bglass
    Moderator

    Hi Brigitte,

    I hope your treatment goes smoothly and pushes back the cancer.

    It is good to look for ride options. ¬†In my community, a new service is just now being established to help seniors with rides to medical appointments using trained volunteer drivers. ¬†There may be similar programs where you live. ¬†You may want to do an internet search for ‚Äúsenior transportation‚ÄĚ and the name of your town or city. ¬†Then try the search again with the name of your county and state. ¬†Sometimes these programs are managed together with other efforts such as Meals on Wheels.

    Let us know your experience with radiation and xeloda.

    Regards, Mary

    #98268
    bgmat48
    Participant

    Spoke to my oncologiste today who is putting me on Xeloda while having radiation. He said it boost the affect of the radiations. I was a bit worried after reading the possible side affects but I will be monitored closely.

    I am going to call the American Cancer Society to see if they have transport available in my area as I live 40 miles from MD Anderson and driving there 5 days a week for 3 weeks while undergoing treatment could be a bit rough.  Hopefully I can handle the treatment and it will zap those nasty new tumor.

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