What are Capecitabine Tablet used for?
After surgery, patients with Dukes’ C colon cancer (colon cancer that has spread to lymph nodes around the colon) are given Capecitabine Tablet to help them recover. This drug is also used to treat colorectal cancer that has spread to other regions of the body (cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread to other parts of the body).
How long does capecitabine work for?
Capecitabine is a chemotherapeutic medication that can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. Chemotherapy is normally administered in a series of cycles over the course of a few months. The treatment period might be 21, 28, or 35 days long.
How effective is capecitabine?
In comparison to 73.9 percent of control patients, 82.8 percent of capecitabine patients were alive and free of recurrence or second malignancy after three years. These rates were 74.1 percent and 67.6 percent after five years.
Does capecitabine affect the immune system?
Capecitabine, like other chemotherapeutics, produces an increase in reactive oxygen species and a reduction in plasma antioxidant levels. Capecitabine has been linked to immunological suppression and lymphopenia in cancer patients.
Does capecitabine cause hair loss?
When taken alone, capecitabine can cause transient hair thinning. It only causes full hair loss in a small percentage of cases. Most people will lose all of their hair, including eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair if capecitabine is used in conjunction with another chemotherapy treatment.
Does capecitabine shrink tumours?
Chemotherapy drugs like capecitabine act in a variety of ways to stop tumour cells from growing, including killing them, preventing them from dividing, and preventing them from spreading. High-energy x-rays are used in radiation therapy to kill tumour cells and shrink tumours.
Can I eat after taking capecitabine?
This drug should be taken with meals or within 30 minutes of eating. With water, swallow the tablet whole. It should not be sliced, crushed, broken, or chewed. If the tablet needs to be sliced or crushed, a pharmacist should do so. To know more click here.
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