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Happy Xmas ladies ..have a good one and try to forget the secondaries and let the peachy pills do their job. Just back on mine after a weeks break.
So back on choc muffins at 8 ish mornings to compliment the pills. .
Just watching a Xmas film munching on a cheese scone. .yum ..seem to eat more savouries these days! 🍪🍔
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Woohoo Carolyn on your fab scan results. You can enjoy Christmas without that cloud of scanxiety hanging over you 😘

Hi to all other Cape crusaders, wishing you all great results from the peachy pills and a happy Christmas .

Nicky x

Ps great news from you as well Stillhere xx

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Hello still here
Lovely to hear from you ..been quiet ! Yes I was disappointed to have to reduce cape as I was getting no side effects but platelettes dominating dosage at moment. I have blood spots all over arms and legs but no one seems bothered and they don't itch or hurt so apart from.vanity ( at 66 not bothered) .
Well just got 2 pressys to wrap and finished for Xmas. ...got a kindle case that hasent arrived online yet but not bothered. .think it's coming from ching ching land !!
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Hi still here

Great news long may it continue.

Linda
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So pleased for you, Carolyn! Stable is great so have a lovely Christmas, when else can we overindulge just a bit? I'm not medical but have read lots of forums, Cape seems to be effective at lower doses and my hospital does 1 week on/ 1 off. They say they get the same result.

 

Just had my 3 monthly scan result, I'm stable Mabel too, phew! My trial has worked since April 2016 so I'm feeling blessed x

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Morning Melinda

Just thought I would reply to your question about tumour markers. When I first started to get tumour markers done in 2009 I was told upto 30 was the norm. People who don't have cancer can show up
markers. 63 is still low though.

Good result regarding scans.

Linda
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Hello Melinda
I have never had tumour markers so don't really know much about them .... yours sound quite low though but I'm not a doctor !
At least scan and results out the way now for Xmas. ..I shall probably treat myself to a gin and tonic or baileys on Xmas day ...just the one !🍷🍹
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Carolyn that’s such good news, I hope you are pleased .  I had results today too, all stable and he said my tumour markers were 63, does anyone Else know their markers?  I was really hoping that the cape was kicking but and shrinking everything but I know I should be pleased with stable.  The onc did say that this chemo didn’t cross the blood/brain barrier, I thought it did but must have read it wrong. 

 

Hope me everyone is doing well, you are all so amazing x

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Hello ..scan results were in today ....ssme as 3 months ago ..no change so happy with that as platelettes still low and therefore peachy pills dosage reduced. Only on 1200 x 2 daily now ..would prefer the stronger dosage but platelettes won't allow. Just had yet another lunch out so feeling like porky pig in my chair ..oink oink 🐖🐷
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Hello Carolyn, oh what a nuisance for you, hopefully a short break will stop this. Good luck today with your bloods.

Ramade x

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Hello Ramade
For the first time after 6 cycles. .I had an "explosion" yesterday. .so I was glad to be at home and near the loo ! I have imodium and allow 3 visits then if it doesn't stop pop the pill. I'm off the peachy pills to Sunday. .seeing oncologist Wednesday so hope my platelettes and bloods are good ..for another cycle .
I find these pills really good ..no sore feet or hands either. Did feel a bit sicky but I ate too much !
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Hello Wee Vee, i am on day 10 of my first cycle and have no side effects yet, i was told that if i got diarrhoea to inform the hospital but to take immodium and they would only stop the treatment if i had severe diarrhoea even taking immodium. i tend to lean more towards the constation side of things normally but we'll see. they can give you cream for sore hands and feet, avoid wearing socks as much as you can.

i do hope this helps and good luck to you. i feel this treatment is already working for me and it is fair to say i have had a long line of failures so i intend to try anything rather than stop. you have only 3 days to go of this cycle. i am off it for 2 weeks instead of 1 because of Christmas and the onc said that wouldn't make any difference. o xxx

Ramade

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Hi, I am on day 11 of my first cycle of capecitabne.  All was good until yesterday and now suddenly all the side effects have kicked in.  I woke up last night with diarrhoea which has now settled, have sore hands and mouth ulcers.  Anyone else had a similar experience?  My oncologist told me to phone the chemo helpline if I had severe diarrhoea and they would probably advise me to stop but instead I have reduced the dose for the last few days to see if that works.  Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?

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Hi Carolyn. my daughter has sent me some Macmillan/ Greene king recipes for Christmas for people who have difficulty with eating or swallowing, they look really scrummy, i will be getting hubby onto that job pretty soon. I have to physically hold open one side of my mouth to put food in but then it,s fine. Good luck with your scan results, it's not the time of year to have that sort of worry.

hugs

Ramade

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Thanks bJr .very sensible having the port fitted ..when I had primary I had a picc line but it was so uncomfy. .think these new ones are more comfy and designed for long term use.
Think hunt the vein is the worst bit of scans etc.
Hope u doing OK with your treatment too ....xxxx
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Hi All

i often read that ladies have problems with needles, bloods taken etc, , which is what I had for several years, however earlier this year I had a port a cath fitted, its brilliant and I don’t get problems at all. 

A lot of hospitals don’t offer the option unless you asked, which I did and they arranged to have fitted quite quick. (I only learnt about it from a fellow chemotherapy patient)

Contrast for scans go in, bloods out and chemo in. Once used a small plaster on and off I go.

over the summer I as able to swim etc as  all that’s visible is a small bump on my chest and no external tubes.

The last straw for me was when they had to take bloods from my feet, very painful and slow and bruises horrendous.

im sorry if you already know about this but I didn’t so thought might be worth a mention here and help someone else having similar problems that I had.

 

good health to all. X

 

 

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Hello Ramade
Yes same symptoms. Apples are out. ..I do eat bananas but otherwise it's a nightmare eating with a dead face. I mainly eat cuppa soup and tinned rice pudding for ease ! I don't get headaches or any pain though. Just fuzziness and a bit confused ..can't believe I finish chemo pills Saturday again for a week. .the 2 weeks regime goes so quickly .
I'm still black and blue in my arms from hunt the vein for contrast on the ct scan last week. Hope she finds a good vein for blood test next week.
Not sure when I get scan results ...
Well think I have Xmas pressys sorted ...just a few money wallets to make up ....not much food needed as out for Xmas dinner so won't be one of the many pushing 2 trollies round Sainsburys. .do they eat all that food or does it end up in the wheely bins?
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Morning all, hope you are all coping.

Carolyn, thanks for your reply i thought that might be the case with the brain. They are not talking about wbr yet but they are going to biopsy the neck lump because i have to physically hold my bottom lip down on the left in order to eat. Whole apples are out as i'm sure you've found. i think i'll have to ask my daughter to mash my food up as she does for the little ones lol. how are your twins by the way.

hugs Ramade x

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I’m a week in on first round of peachy pills and apart from feeling slightly nauseous in the morning, I’ve not been too bad. Liver pain has started to ease off as oramorph kicks in. Nurse said to maintain pain relief not try too get on top of it once too bad, so at the moment that’s what I’m trying to do.

still waiting for biopsy result.

Is this normal, whatever is normal, start to cape. I’m not sure what to expect!

good luck to all and stay well. X

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Oh Ramade
You have the same symptoms exactly as I do...obviously you haven't had the wbr treatment either.
They did say that cape takes a lot longer to work on the brain than liver and lungs .so fingers crossed that it does it magic soon.