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Capecitabine - An orally-admitted chemotherapy drug that is designed to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells and reduce tumor sizes. A type of antimetabolite, capecitabine is most commonly used in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer and breast cancer. As with all anticancer drugs, capecitabine may cause some side effects. Patients should call their doctor immediately if they begin to experience the following side effects: loss of appetite, severe vomiting and/or diarrhea, chills/fever (above 100.5 degrees), chest pain, soreness or pain in the mouth and/or throat, a rash, and/or swelling, tingling, numbness, pain, or redness in the hands or feet. Capecitabine is the generic name for the drug Xeloda®.
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