Q. I’m doing clean up chemo. I’m taking Xeloda pills only; 2 weeks on, one week off. I’m nauseated, weak, tired, sleepy, and feel somewhat off. Is there anything I should ask my doctor for that will combat some of these side effects?
A. Based on your question, it seems you are undergoing ‘adjuvant’ chemotherapy with Capecitabine. This drug can cause many of the symptoms you are mentioning, especially fatigue and nausea. Physical activity, exercise and Ginseng tea (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/articles) may help to improve fatigue. Also, nausea can be well managed with medications. Please discuss with your physician before starting an exercise program and any medication.
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