A 15-minute phone check-in, after three weeks of taking five Xeloda pills instead of four:
Me: "I think I need to go up from five to six. My fingers still aren't cracking, or my feet. I feel about the same, in terms of bones and the injured shoulder. Dr. R. agrees. (Dr. R is my trusted advisor/consultant doctor, not an oncologist per se but a practicing doctor who knows more about cancer treatments than 99 percent of the oncologists out there, because he constantly researches it and consults on it and has an open mind instead of a closed mind).
Oncologist: "Yes, we are in agreement. Up it to six for the next three weeks, then have another blood test. The test results will tell us if it has started to work. If it's not working by then, we drop Xeloda and change to something else."
Me: "Couldn't we go up to seven pills and see if that might do the trick?"