This page contains brief information about capecitabine and a collection of links to more information about the use of this drug, research results, and ongoing clinical trials.
Use in Cancer
Capecitabine is approved to be used alone or with other drugs to treat:
- Breast cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body) in patients whose disease has not gotten better with other chemotherapy.
- Colorectal cancer. It is used to treat stage III colorectal cancer in patients who have had surgery to remove the cancer. It is also used as first-line treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
Capecitabine is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.
More About Capecitabine
Definition from the NCI Drug Dictionary - Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.
MedlinePlus Information on Capecitabine - A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:
- warnings about this drug,
- what this drug is used for and how it is used,
- what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
- what you should know about this drug before using it,
- other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
- possible side effects.
Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.
For Some Breast Cancers, New Drug May Be Treatment Option - Important clinical trial results for this drug, background information, and how the trial was done.
Clinical Trials Accepting Patients
Find Clinical Trials for Capecitabine - Check for trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients.