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Case Rep Med. 2012;2012:154981. doi: 10.1155/2012/154981. Epub 2012 Nov 26.

Ileitis secondary to oral capecitabine treatment?

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Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport NP20 2UB, UK.


The efficacy of capecitabine as adjuvant therapy in colon cancer is well demonstrated and its lower toxicity rates when compared with 5-FU make it an increasingly more favourable option for patients. This case highlights the awareness of a potentially severe side effect related to the use of capecitabine, yet through the early identification of symptoms patients can be managed conservatively.

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