XelOx – pro

The XelOx regimen is currently quite popular. A Phase III study showed the chemotherapy combination XELOX (Xeloda + oxaliplatin) to be as effective — in terms of progression-free survival (PFS) — as the current standard treatment, FOLFOX-4 (infused 5-FU/leucovorin + oxaliplatin), in the treatment of advanced (metastatic) colorectal cancer. The latest version of the NCCN Colon Cancer Guidelines include several major changes to recommended courses of treatment based on recent relevant clinical studies and changing practice patterns. One significant change is the recommendation of capecitabine (Xeloda) and oxaliplatin (Eloxatin) also known as CAPOX as a treatment option in first-line therapy. Whether Avastin is helpful with this regimen is under study in a phase III trial.

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