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Diarrhea was posted 03/01/2005 10:13 am by BarbaraG
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Michele, just another experience with GTX. My Mom (now 78) has been on GTX, and then GX-T for almost 2 years, with the most debilitating side effect of diarrhea (from the Xeloda), and of course dehydration. The first two rounds were the hardest, landing her in the hospital for 3 weeks. However, in terms of results, it was very effective - we just had to find a way to cope with the diarrhea. That's when Dr. Fine changed her to the GX-T, alternating the Taxotere and Gemzar/Xeloda, and limiting the # of Xeloda pills. GX-T continued to work for about a year, then we added Avastin, and now just added Tarceva, with reduced doses of Gx-T. Diarrhea continues to be our biggest concern, and due to that, she has been on TPN, and fluids, which we administer at home as needed, to get through those Xeloda weeks. She does not have what most people refer to as hand/foot syndrome (guess her side effect of diarrhea more than compensates for that) and does get mouth sores as well as low counts which we use Procrit (hemogrlobin) and Neupogen (WBC).

Carol, glad to hear you've done so well on the program! HOpe it continues to work for you for a long time!

Barbara

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