Diagnosed with lung Cancer two years ago and now I am a stage 4 and they want me to take this Tarcevia? It scares me to death or should I say of Im scared of death because it states in the booklet that people with kidney or liver problems can cause fatalities. I dont know what to do. I was getting Alimtia (sp?) and Carboplatin (sp)? and it shrunk almost all of my cancer spots but then I got this little lump that grew rather quickly they would not listen to me when I told them how painful it was but it turned out to be a big mass of cancer by the time they operated and removed it which was about a week ago, I felt great I thought I just about had this disease nailed and then came my Tarcevia Kit and Im all shook up over the side effects. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. My best wishes go to you!
I can imagine the frustration you are going through because really, the doctors sometimes are the last to understand and recognize things. I haven`t heard of Tarcevia, but my friend, who suffers from the lung cancer as well, practices the virotherapy combined with chemo in order to reduce the possible side-effects of chemo to the minimum.
I hope it all goes well for you, and keep us updated!
Not sure if you're still monitoring thread, but if your cancer is treatable by tarceva that is great for you. From what I understand it can be a miracle drug. Doesn't work for everyone, but some people reported tarceva stopping tumors from growing and even shrinking them altogether. For many at stage 4 it's one of the only options available.
Sideeffects are minimal compared to chemo. The most common is a rash on face and upper body. Seems not too many posters here, but give the tarceva a chance and good luck.