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Hand-Foot Syndrome Signals Xeloda Effectiveness

Developing tender swelling or rash on their hands and feet may actually be good news for patients being treated with Xeloda® (capecitabine). During a recent clinical trial, colorectal cancer patients with hand-foot syndrome lived longer, and it took longer for their cancer to get worse. Researchers comparing two Xeloda-based chemotherapies for people with advanced colorectal cancer, studied skin side effects from both Xeloda and Erbitux® (cetuximab).  They found that about a third of patients experienced at least some hand-foot syndrome, and these patients lived almost 10 months longer than patients without skin changes.