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Xeloda® (capecitabine) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of two specific types of cancer: breast cancer and colorectal cancer (which can affect the colon and/or the rectum). This medication works primarily by interfering with the cancer cells' DNA production, which prevents these cells from multiplying. (It also affects healthy cells, but to a lesser extent.)
When treating colon cancer, Xeloda is used by itself to prevent the return of cancer that has spread to at least one lymph node after surgery has removed the tumor. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, and this medication is unique in that it allows a cancer drug that is normally given by IV to be taken by mouth instead.
(Click Xeloda Uses to learn more about how this medicine works to treat colon cancer and the other types mentioned here, whether children can take it, and if there are any off-label uses.)
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