Looking for a way to reduce the tenderness if the hands & feet.
I have been on Xeloda for about 5 months, my main reaction is sore, red, swollen feet. Hands are not affected at this point only the soles of my feet. I cover my soles with udderly smooth cream twice a day and then use udder balm before bed. You will need to cover them with socks or ped socks to prevent the cream/balm over your sheets or sliding in your sandals/shoes. I got both of this items at CVS Pharmacy.
The other thing I do, if it gets really sore, is to elevate them or soak them in cool water.
Hope this helps!
I am an RN and also a stageIII colon cancer patient. I have just completed my first chemo round of Xeloda as mono therapy. In other words it is the only chemotherapy that I'm on. Less than 1 week after starting on Xeloda (capecitabine) 4500 mg. a day, I began to suffer from hot, red and slightly tender palms of hands and soles of feet (the symptoms of hand-foot syndrome). I researched scholarly journals online and found there is recent research concluding the supplement curcumin is both safe and effective for relief of hand-foot syndrome. Studies suggest it is most effective taken at the beginning of treatment, but still effective started later. One week into my treatment with capecitabine ( Xeloda) I started curcumin as supplement in capsule form total of 4500 mg.a day divided into 3 doses.
In 2 days my hand- foot symptoms were relieved and I was even able to stop putting lotion on my feet at night after a few more days, but mine was a mild case to start with and caught early. Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in yellow mustard and the spice turmeric that's in many Indian foods. If you eat enough of those foods, that could be equally effective. I find it easier to take as a dietary supplement and ordered mine from Amazon or you could find at a health food store. It is easy to research the effects of curcumin on both cancer cells and side effects of chemotherapy treatment, so that you could draw your own conclusion, but this was my response and everyone will not respond in exactly the same way. This is not professional advice and always check with your doctor before adding even a supplement to your regimen.
- Xeloda Information for Consumers
- Xeloda Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xeloda (detailed)
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