Capecitabine is used alone or together with other cancer treatments in patients with colon cancer that has spread (Stage III) to help stop colon cancer from coming back after surgery. It is also used together with other cancer treatments and radiation treatment, at the time of surgery, to treat rectal cancer that has spread. This medication is also used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments to treat colorectal cancer that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery.
Capecitabine is also used in combination with docetaxel to treat breast cancer that has spread throughout the body in patients who have received other medicines (for example, anthracycline medicine) that did not work well. This medicine is also used alone to treat breast cancer in patients who are unable to receive anthracycline medicine or taxane medicine.
Capecitabine is also used in combination with other cancer treatments to treat the esophageal, gastric (stomach), or gastroesophageal junction in patients whose cancer has spread or cannot be removed by surgery. It is also used to treat oesophagus, stomach, and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma that has spread throughout the body in patients whose cancer has an abnormal HER2 gene and who have not received other cancer treatments.
Capecitabine is also used in combination with other cancer treatments to stop pancreatic cancer from coming back after surgery.
Capecitabine belongs to the group of medicines referred to as antineoplastics (cancer medicines). It intermeddles with the growth of cancer cells, which are ultimately destroyed by the body. Since the growth of normal cells might also be affected by the medicine, other side effects might also happen. Some of these might be severe and must be reported to your doctor.
The medication is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
The product is available in the following dosing forms: