If you have breast cancer or colorectal cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend an oral chemotherapy medication called Xeloda® (capecitabine). The drug has many specific uses (or "indications"). For example, it can be used:
- Alone to prevent the return of colon cancer that has spread to at least one lymph node after surgery has removed the tumor
- Alone to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body)
- In combination with docetaxel (Taxotere®) to treat metastatic breast cancer in people whose tumors are resistant to anthracycline chemotherapy medications
- Alone to treat metastatic breast cancer in people whose tumors are resistant to both paclitaxel (Onxol®, Taxol®) and anthracycline chemotherapy medications, or who cannot take any more anthracycline medications.
(To learn more about the indications for this drug, click Xeloda Uses. This article takes an in-depth look at what Xeloda is used for and how it works within the body to fight cancer.)