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  1. Teen wins fight to use alternative cancer treatment
    ... chemo cure her.NO but it has bought her time. The drug Tarceva ( biological drug ) has bought her the most and when...

Cancer board

  1. Update from DJW: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes
    ... treatments to go. I am managing my metastasis with Tarceva and Celebrex and it seems to be holding and diminishing...
    ... even CAN do it now, but since it appears that the Tarceva isn't actually preventing recurrence, maybe it's time...
    ... I was hoping you would see my update. Yes, the Tarceva is not able to keep the large tumor in check on my...
    ... the nodules are not glowing and may be dead. The Tarceva did it's job for almost a year but it's time now to...
    ... enough to show up on a PET or CT scan. I guess the Tarceva would have been similar, in that it was an oral medication ... did for me, and not sure if you can have it after Tarceva , but I think it's worth inquiring about it at this...

  2. Klatskin's Tumor / Radioembolization / Rexin G
    ... mom - anything else worth trying - bevacizumab? - tarceva ? - any other type of therapy like targeted therapy...

  3. lung cancer stage 4
    ... has anyone tried tarceva , please let me know....

  4. Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes
    ... this as a very good thing...:) ) I started on Tarceva to see if it helps the left groin area (the cancer ... radiation is an option if we can shrink it a bit..). The Tarceva should help the mets in my lungs too. I feel great...
    ... collected. Cancer loves fluid! :) I'm giving the Tarceva a try for now - but I feel great and I'm very active...
    ... body fight the cancerous cells. What exactly is Tarceva ? Is it an oral type of chemo (chemo is any medication...
    ... [LIST=1] Tarceva is a chemo ( in pill form) without the harsh side ... effects of the standard IV (port) chemo drugs. Tarceva works to break down a protein on the cancer cell to ... those with a certain receptor gene. See [url]www. tarceva .com[/url] Tarceva can cause a rash on the face ... is said that the worse the rash is - the more the tarceva is working. But I've heard otherwise as well.. ... diarrhea - which is also a common side effect. Tarceva is generally prescribed for Non small cell carcinoma...
    ... .sounds like you're in good hands! I do hope the tarceva works well for you, and that yo'll be posting back...
    ... Just checking in....:D I had to go off the Tarceva just one day after my last post...(7/27/07). I came ... with fever and chills.:( I thought it was from the Tarceva but my Doc doesn't think so. She thought perhaps it ... susceptible to sepsis type of infection...I went off of Tarceva for a month then began again at a lower dosage..(just ... appear to grow much between the scans..This was before Tarceva . I go for follow up scans in October to see if the ... Tarceva is working. I have a mild rash and my finger tips ... pneumonia. I did notice however, after starting the tarceva , that my breaths are deeper....So my next scan should ... what my check up shows. They are beginning to use Tarceva on various types of cancer now. It was originally ... primary sites.. I've also seen new studies that combine Tarceva with other meds like Celebrex, Artemisinin, and other...
    ... 3232440]Just checking in....:D I had to go off the Tarceva just one day after my last post...(7/27/07). I came ... with fever and chills.:( I thought it was from the Tarceva but my Doc doesn't think so. She thought perhaps it ... susceptible to sepsis type of infection...I went off of Tarceva for a month then began again at a lower dosage..(just ... appear to grow much between the scans..This was before Tarceva . I go for follow up scans in October to see if the ... Tarceva is working. I have a mild rash and my finger tips ... pneumonia. I did notice however, after starting the tarceva , that my breaths are deeper....So my next scan should ... what my check up shows. They are beginning to use Tarceva on various types of cancer now. It was originally ... primary sites.. I've also seen new studies that combine Tarceva with other meds like Celebrex, Artemisinin, and other...
    ... go to every 3 months instead of 2. I am still on Tarceva , Celebrex and Doxycycline. (see previous posts.)...

  5. Deepest Darkest thoughts when I was a cancer patient
    ... best we could. The chemo drugs were: Gemcitabine with Tarceva , then Gemcitabine-Xeloda (pill form of 5FU)-Taxatere ... such that it was decided to try something different. Tarceva did absolutely nothing, in fact the tumor grew. Unbelievabl...

  6. Need advice
    ... chemo for just over 5 months. Some talk of starting Tarceva but decided to wait until she sees the dr at md anderson...

  7. Renal Cell Carcinoma
    ... trial starting Oct. 9, 2003. It was for Avastin and Tarceva . He continued with the Tarceva through December but...

Cancer: Colon board

  1. high cea levels can't find where cancer is
    ... of pain. My dad is on a 2nd line chemo drug now, Tarceva , but his is lung cancer. There are some promisitng...
    ... That is exactly what he is on Tarceva and Gemzar. Only time will tell, the Dr. says she...

Cancer: Lung board

  1. Cyberknife?
    ... brain mets. Now, they have her on Chemo, and also Tarceva to shrink the lung tumors. I am wondering, why...

  2. cyberknife radiation therapy
    ... liver and the actual lung tumor was gone from the Tarceva she had taken. The months she was on just Tarceva...

  3. second line chemo
    ... tried.I've read some really wonderful things about Tarceva (which is a second line treatment in the form of a...

  4. Chemo Pills
    ... not see this sooner. By " chemo" pill do you mean Tarceva ? If it is Tarceva yes they get a rash with it. Some...
    ... Hiya - my mom is also taking Tarceva and is experiencing the rash and other skin problems ... question is: she says she is losing her eyesight due to Tarceva - Has anyone experienced this or know of anyone who ... has?? Once you are done with Tarceva , does your eyesight return?? Any insight on this...
    ... Have not heard of problems with eye sight caused by Tarceva but that does not mean it does not happen. Has you...

  5. liquid zeolite
    ... The one thing that put my lung mets in check was Tarceva and Celebrex. This combination have been helping...

  6. Acceptance...
    ... started to spread to my lungs.. My doctor put me on Tarceva and Celebrex and it stopped the tumor growth and caused ... cavitate. There have been no new nodules since the Tarceva /Celebrex mix (last November) and most of the lung...

  7. To Stephen21
    ... calling card. Most of that 2.5 yrs was good as Tarceva totally did away with the lung tumor so my mom had...

  8. Anyone with experience w/ Taxol?
    ... Irressa ( the next month it was changed to the just out Tarceva ) and within 24 hours there was a huge change in how...
    ... Irressa ( the next month it was changed to the just out Tarceva ) and within 24 hours there was a huge change in how...

  9. Mom has a couple of months to live
    ... old with no other health issues. She did chemo and Tarceva and lived 2.5 yrs and thanks to the Tarceva much...

  10. "life"
    ... good quality time .The 2nd line treatment she got Tarceva which wiped out the actual lung tumor and it never...

  11. Gemzar and Brain Mets
    ... successful, at least not total losses (except for the Tarceva ) as they held things in check, but did not show that...

  12. New Here! Sister Has Lung Cancer
    ... three weeks. Along with that she wants her to take Tarceva everyday. Her local doc in PA says he agrees with ... chemo choices but is not comfortable with giving the Tarceva along with the chemo at the same time. Her local ... ministering the chemo, said that he will not treat her with Tarceva at the same time she is receiving chemo. He said ... it is not responding to chemo then he will give her Tarceva while continuing to have chemo. Tarceva right now ... afraid that if they aren't aggressive with using the Tarceva along with the chemo that the tumor may not shrink ... would be cured. Does anyone have any experiences with Tarceva or Tarceva along with chemo? My sister needs to make...

  13. Does TARCEVA work at all?
    ... Faith, Tarceva was the drug my whole family is so thankful for. My ... of the earlier ones that showed good results. The Tarceva totally did away with the tumor in her lung and as ... started to suffer due to the horrible fatigue. Tarceva is a pill taken every day I think around dinner time ... in. She ate well and lived a normal life while on Tarceva . That said I know some people that had a horrible ... the cancer is gone for good and yes they still take Tarceva . Like Chemo one just never knows. It seems that Females ... stage NSCLC I would ask if I could start out with Tarceva as I think it was what worked the best in my mom ... 's case. I think Tarceva , Irressa, avastin and other biological type drugs ... clinical trials ahold the future to cancer treatment. Tarceva is the one drug that I for sure would want to try ... and I shared some great time together thanks to the Tarceva so I am forever thankful for it. Have to get going...
    ... need anymore. The onc in the hospital mentioned the Tarceva ....which sounds a whole lot better after reading your...
    ... well for so long. I will give you the flip-side of Tarceva . Bud took that and it caused the most devastating...
    ... My stepfathers just stop taking Tarceva . You cannot eat an hour after you take it. The two...

  14. my daughterinlaws stepdad
    ... more mother's days with her thanks to the chemo and Tarceva . If there are any words of wisdom from my story I...

  15. just wondering
    ... ever time she had left. My mom's best drug was Tarceva ( it destroyed the lung tumor and it never came back ... ). Tarceva is not the same as Chemo but alot of doctors will ... cancer live longer and often better lives. Irressa, Tarceva , Avastin are the ones that come to mind. The problem ... mutation and we were lucky as my mom was such a case. Tarceva did not save her life but it probably did prolong...

  16. Need Survival Stories to bring hope!!!!!!!!!!!
    ... thyroid. I think my mom made it that long thanks to Tarceva and the fact she responded well to it for 7 months ... cause liver failure. She went through Chemo before Tarceva and again after it and was on her 4th line treatment ... the rest of the family. We were lucky as thanks to Tarceva we got to skip that part. And the pain from the cancer ... back in the early clinical trials and then went on Tarceva and responded to that as well and some of them are ... can respond to the newer biological type drugs like Tarceva , Irressa, Avastin. Spend lots of time with you...

  17. small cell lung cancer
    ... years to say goodbye and she did respond very well to Tarceva so was able to have a very good quality of life for...

  18. Starting Alimta Next Week
    ... My mom choose Alimta over Taxotere when the Tarceva quit working . She was dreading going back on chemo ... and loosing the great quality of life the Tarceva had given her so faced her first treatment feeling ... the chemo drugs and the only better thing was that Tarceva . As we know everyone is different and some people...

  19. Gamma Knife Surgery for Metastatic Lung Cancer
    ... treatment. We asked her to inquire about the use of Tarceva and Avastin. She has expressed her desire to go the...

  20. Decided on NO chemo, any suggestions
    ... alot of it was good quality time as she responded to Tarceva and it destroyed the tumor in her lung and it never...
    ... also says that he would like me to take a drug called Tarceva . Some pill for cancer. Havent heard of this before...
    ... thyroid. Lot's of people here have experience of Tarceva , by bumping this post you may get a reply or do a...

  21. Post Chemo Scan Results-Bummed Out!
    ... When it is multiple it is usually more chemo. Maybe Tarceva with our without chemo. If you recall my mom had ... liver mets since the get go and the Tarceva did wipe some of them out and did shrink the others ... not make her hair which had grown in while on the tarceva fall out but instead let it keep growing. I think ... amazing organ. I know I have met people that Tarceva did totally destroy the liver mets and now 2+ years...
    ... to grow even further, so by the time anthing like Tarceva starts they'll be doubled in size and quantity. Wonder...
    ... husband has been on Carbo/taxol, taxotere/gemzar, Tarceva , Navelbine, & Alimta so far. Most have done what...

  22. To Taffas
    ... mom finished her first line chemo and moved on to Tarceva she started to live a normal life again and was able ... fatigued to do anything . I am forever thankful for the Tarceva which was the reason we got such great quality time...

  23. Re metastatic lung cancer: stage 4
    ... antibiotics for the pneumonia and UTI) and switched to Tarceva the very next month as it had just become available ... she felt that good. At the end of the 7 months the Tarceva had destroyed the tumor in her lung and it never came...

  24. New to Boards
    ... She never smoked. The chemo hasn't worked and the Tarceva has too many side effects. How do I hold everyone...
    ... getting hammered from all sides. It sounds like the Tarceva may have been working for your sister. Have they...

  25. Quick Question of Platelet Counts
    ... treatment. Maybe then the Doc's will put you on Tarceva and you'll have a long period of remission/stability ... . So many people have had great luck with Tarceva . May God also be with you during this journey...

  26. For Conan
    ... Conan, I am so sorry to hear that the Tarceva did not work for Patsy. You said she will be staring ... Taxotere. My moms hair had grown in from her months on Tarceva and she was depressed about it all falling out again ... saying good bye to how well she had felt while on the Tarceva . We dreaded that first chemo thinking things ... Alimita was by far the easiest chemo for her except for Tarceva but I don't consider that Chemo. The infusions were ... those extra 7 months of good time to tack on to her Tarceva good time as that was a nice stretch of good time...
    ... effects. We were very forunate that Patsy tolerated Tarceva well and it did seem to be working, but lately her...

  27. lung cancer not growing?
    ... explanations? My wife has stage 4 nsclc and is on Tarceva , a once a day tablet that specifically targets the ... treatment eventually becomes ineffective over time. Tarceva is not near as toxic as chemo and is very tolerable...

  28. lost
    ... we had just been battling the mets to her liver . Tarceva wiped out the lung tumor and it never came back. ... she was started on Iressa ( next month changed to Tarceva which had just come on the market) and that changed...
    ... remission for 28 days. When it came back, they put him on Tarceva . But that did not work at all for him. He did not...
    ... we had just been battling the mets to her liver . Tarceva wiped out the lung tumor and it never came back. ... she was started on Iressa ( next month changed to Tarceva which had just come on the market) and that changed...
    ... shrink with some chemo and at first did so with the Tarceva but eventually they started growing again . Doctors...

  29. no more chemo for mom
    ... chemo? Or adding Avastin to the chemo? Or how about Tarceva ? Unless yoour mom's cancer has really spread and her ... life is poor I would be pushing for trying avastin or tarceva . tarceva did not save my mom's life but it did buy ... all thankful for. I know people that are NED from Tarceva and some from avastin as well. ( NED is No Evidence...

  30. More Questions on NSCLC chemo
    ... got over the first line chemo fatigue when she took Tarceva and it gave her many great months but the 4th line...

  31. Dad has Stage IIIB NSCLC, prognosis??
    ... what they will bring to the treatment of lung cancer. Tarceva has allowed some people much more time then the doctors ... no evidence of disease ( NED) for 2 -3 yrs now from Tarceva and the earlier drug Irressa so you just never know...
    ... know how else to put it.) I know for a fact that Tarceva works well for those cancers that are genetic. I...

  32. Tarceva/Cellebrex - combination therapy
    ... Patsy's treatment. About 5 weeks ago Patsy started Tarceva (150 mg) once a day. Fortunately the side effects ... across an article on a clinical trials that paired Tarceva with Cellebrex, an anti-inflamatory drug for bone ... enzyme. Generally about 10% of nsclc patients who try Tarceva respond it, but according to the trial adding Cellebrex ... not uncommon in LC) could be interferring with the Tarceva , thus Cellebrex, a COX-2 inhibitor could be effective...

  33. 1st Treatment with Carboplatin/Taxol
    ... antibiotics and started Iressa ( next month switched it to Tarceva which had just been approved) Anyway by the next ... the Iressa was working and that the next month the Tarceva continued and 2 months later her CT showed the right...

  34. Can Anyone Help Me??
    ... radiation ...chemo ...and just started a drug called Tarceva 3 weeks ago). Lung cancer runs in her family as...

  35. trying out Tarceva
    ... that your doctor was a little reluctant to put you on Tarceva with you being asian. My mother is asian and she ... caused by the tumor in her lung. Since she has started Tarceva that cough that she had is very here and there compared ... York who does a lot of research trying to find why Tarceva works better in Non-Smoking Asian woman than anyone ... Sloan Kettering web-site and look either the drug Tarceva or Dr. William Poa, you will be able to read some ... of the research he has done on Tarceva . Let me know how everything is going....

  36. A lady with lung cancer
    ... and wrote down the names of things like cyberknife, Tarceva , avastin for her and her family knowing it would save ... wanting chemo and he pretty much said he would not try Tarceva without doing chemo first! I know there are some doctors ... we do it my way. You don't want chemo..well then no Tarceva for you!" Despite the fact some that did Tarceva first...

  37. Do You think Nutrition & Exersize Helps?
    ... and supplements apart of his program with chemo and Tarceva and right now he is NED and has been so for over a...

  38. Stage 3 Lung Cancer
    ... She has stage 3 lung cancer. They started her on Tarceva 5 days ago. Her cough is not as bad as it was 5 days ... start Chemo right away but is also wondering about the Tarceva . We elected to hold off on chemo to see what the ... Tarceva will do. The Dr. agreed. Usually Tarceva is not used until after chemo has not worked but with ... nodes and that is why they wanted to do chemo. If the Tarceva shrinks the tumors and potentially, hopefully, gets ... upper left lobe removed. If not she will stop the Tarceva and start Chemo. Does anyone have any insite at...
    ... My mom used Tarceva and we knew within days it was working just by how ... again. She did have mets to her liver and at first the Tarceva worked on them but then they started progressing and ... it was back to chemo. While the Tarceva did not save her life it did change the quality of ... stopping and she may have been right. Maybe if the Tarceva can do away with the cancer your mom will not need ... The groups with the highest responce rate to Tarceva are female, non smokers and asain. The asain population ... must have the genetic defect that Tarceva corrects more common then other races. Excess1973 ... mom's good responce is due to the avastin as like tarceva when it works it is an amazing drug. Hopefully in ... future chemo will be a thing of the past and drugs like Tarceva , and avastin will be the replacements.The biological...
    ... It seems as though it's all over her body. The Tarceva is also starting to make her feel like she is going...
    ... She has stage 3 lung cancer. They started her on Tarceva 5 days ago. Her cough is not as bad as it was 5 days ... start Chemo right away but is also wondering about the Tarceva . We elected to hold off on chemo to see what the ... Tarceva will do. The Dr. agreed. Usually Tarceva is not used until after chemo has not worked but with ... nodes and that is why they wanted to do chemo. If the Tarceva shrinks the tumors and potentially, hopefully, gets ... upper left lobe removed. If not she will stop the Tarceva and start Chemo. Does anyone have any insite at...
    ... I also have stage 3B NSCLC. I also just started Tarceva while continuing my Avastin. The rash is not...
    ... do we wait to start chemo and continue on with the Tarceva or just start the Chemo along with the Tarceva. Tough...

  39. Tarceva, could anyone shed some light?
    ... ..hers is stage 4. I have been very interested in Tarceva for sometime, however we have not tried yet because ... who have been a year or more in remission from using Tarceva . A Sloan Kettering oncologist once said he had seen ... is a miracle drug. However, if cancer returns after Tarceva then the drug will probably not be as effective if ... at all at that point. If Tarceva puts your mom in remission, I would make sure that...
    ... Malai, JanMarie's mom was on Tarceva and it produced excellent results. My hubby was on...
    ... Hi again.. my mother has been on Tarceva since March, and so far so good.. she has been very ... have responded well to the drug. I found out about Tarceva through JanMarie and this message board, so we were ... old self. I also read about the research that the Tarceva seems to be more effective for Asian women; there ... Kettering who is expert in treating patients with Tarceva and his name is Dr. William Pao. Good luck and God...
    ... Malai, My mom took Tarceva . She was NSCLC stage 4 with mets to her liver. We ... back until this last line of chemo wiped her out. The tarceva did away with her lung tumor and at first did away ... that are 2, 3 4 yrs NED after starting Irressa or Tarceva . To be honest I think the chemo was more to blame ... which is how we alll expected her to die. The Tarceva did give her a rash but hers was like teenage acne ... My whole family will be forever thankful for Tarceva as it gave my mom her life back for about 1.5 yrs ... future that cancer will be treated with drugs like Tarceva and Avastin and that chemo will be a thing of the ... past. Only abouut 10 percent benefit from Tarceva and yes it tends to work best in non smokers, women ... hope that she too can see such a great benefit from Tarceva . JanMarie...

  40. Just found out mom has lung cancer
    ... seeking a third opinion, her oncologist prescribed Tarceva , which is a drug that is taken orally, rather than ... I have read on various cancer research web sites, Tarceva is found to be helpful to about 10% of lung cancer...
    ... scheduled to go for a pet scan. She will be starting Tarceva today. If the cancer is just in the one area they...

  41. Struggling to cope.....
    ... been accepted to take part in a trial, the drug being Tarceva . There is only a 50% chance of actually getting the ... anyone have any knowledge/experience with the drug Tarceva ? Many thanks. Jo:)...
    ... Jo, I can shed some light on Tarceva . My mom had NSCLC Stage IV adenocarcinoma. Her first ... was started July 2004. The next line of Therapy was Tarceva which had just been released here in The USA. Tarveca ... started growing again so the doctor took her off the Tarceva and it was back to chemo. The bad news is Tarceva ... life as she died on Nov. 25, 2006 the good news is Tarceva did give her a life back and the cancer never returned ... lungs. She died with no cancer in her lungs. Once the Tarceva started working she never had to deal with shortness ... others here Some people get horrible side effects fom Tarceva my mom did not .She got the rash which for her was ... hair growth too. She was bald from the chemo and the Tarceva caused the hair to grow ever so slowly. But she felt ... people that are NED( no eveidence of disease) since Tarceva or the earlier drug Irressa( now off the market) ... stay that way no one knows but I think drugs like Tarceva hold the promise in the future if not curing lung ... cancer then at least controlling it. For our family Tarceva will always be a drug we are very thankful for. If...
    ... has helped you! My husband is not a canidate for Tarceva since he has SCLC. I pray it does a miracle for your...
    ... Jo, I can shed some light on Tarceva . My mom had NSCLC Stage IV adenocarcinoma. Her first ... was started July 2004. The next line of Therapy was Tarceva which had just been released here in The USA. Tarveca ... started growing again so the doctor took her off the Tarceva and it was back to chemo. The bad news is Tarceva ... life as she died on Nov. 25, 2006 the good news is Tarceva did give her a life back and the cancer never returned ... lungs. She died with no cancer in her lungs. Once the Tarceva started working she never had to deal with shortness ... others here Some people get horrible side effects fom Tarceva my mom did not .She got the rash which for her was ... hair growth too. She was bald from the chemo and the Tarceva caused the hair to grow ever so slowly. But she felt ... people that are NED( no eveidence of disease) since Tarceva or the earlier drug Irressa( now off the market) ... stay that way no one knows but I think drugs like Tarceva hold the promise in the future if not curing lung ... cancer then at least controlling it. For our family Tarceva will always be a drug we are very thankful for. If ... bit of comfort I needed. My Dad should start the Tarceva next week and I can only hope that one day I too can...
    ... Hi Jo- To answer your question, Tarceva is a newly administered drug that works best on the...

  42. Husband has stage 1b - should we proceed with chemo?
    ... eventually was diagnosed as being a good candidate for Tarceva (oral drug) and this has been very helpful to her ... of people with NSCLC will respond favorably to the Tarceva , so we were very blessed. Your decision is a very...
    ... will be treated with the biological drugs such as Tarceva and Avastin and the cancer vaccines and that chemo ... Irressa ( now off the market)started in 12/04 changed to Tarceva 1/05 did away with the actual cancer in my mom's lung ... also did not suffer any really bad side effects from Tarceva , she had an acne rash like a teenager, dry skin, dry ... that all a very small price to pay. The sad truth is Tarceva only works for a small percent of people but when ... is suppose to take over when the cancer mutates so Tarceva quits working. Take things you learn hear and ... the doctors but be warned some seem reluctant to try Tarceva and Avastin ( both are very expensive drugs)also some...

  43. New Here! Anxious To Find Ideas To Help My Elderly Mom
    ... started her on Irressa and the next month switched it to Tarceva . She had a very good year and 1/2 thanks to the Tarceva ... started having increasing fatigue from chemo again. Tarceva is not really chemo but is a biological drug and it...
    ... to a better path. I know some have learned about Tarceva from me and have had good results and others have...

  44. LC board Christmas Party!
    ... my mom overcame that bad pneumonia and the Irressa/ tarceva started working and allowed her to have two more Christmas...

  45. What symptoms did you all have that caused you to get tested?
    ... dx'd He went through chemo,,and started taking Tarceva ....then he died I can not believe he is gone.....

  46. Hi everyone
    ... enjoying life. The next month she was switched to Tarceva as Irressa was being taken off the market. She kept ... getting better and the Tarceva which was started in Jan 2005 did away with the actual ... did have liver mets from day one and at first the Tarceva shrank those but about 7 months later they were growing ... so she was taken off the Tarceva and put back on Chemo. The sad part is Tarceva ... suppose to take over when the cancer mutates so the Tarceva quites working. I pray in the not so distant future...

  47. My Tarceva adventure - the sequel
    ... you for sharing that information. I have heard of Tarceva and wondered how a person qualifies for it. My mom ... as she was just diagnosed on Tuesday last week. Is Tarceva a new drug? Is it like a chemo pill? Jill...
    ... Hi Jill, Tarceva was approved in 2005. Most people tolerate it better ... You can find a lot of info in their website at: tarceva .com It's a pill that you take once a day at home...
    ... you for sharing that information. I have heard of Tarceva and wondered how a person qualifies for it. My mom ... as she was just diagnosed on Tuesday last week. Is Tarceva a new drug? Is it like a chemo pill? Jill Jill ... been a lot of posts on this message board regarding Tarceva . If you do a search on this topic, you should get ... 10% of people with lung cancer respond favorably to Tarceva . My mother was one of the extremely blessed and lucky ... have these characteristics. In order to qualify for Tarceva , the patient must have had one unsuccessful chemotherapy ... treatment. Another way of determining responsiveness to Tarceva , is to have an in-depth gene sequencing procedure ... lung. I found out through this message board about Tarceva through JanMarie's mother's experience with the drug ... found that she would be an excellent candidate for Tarceva based on a certain genetic mutation in the tumor. ... This is why she responded to the Tarceva better than most people. If you have more questions ... about Tarceva , check out the Sloan-Kettering web site, which has...
    ... Gilbert, Sorry the Tarceva was not for you but at least you gave it a shot. ... Jill, My mom just died 2 weeks ago but thanks to the tarceva she died with no cancer in her lungs. She did not ... have any breathing trouble since starting the Tarceva and while it only held the liver mets stable for 7 ... -8 months( then it was back to chemo). Tarceva gave her a great quality of life for over 1.5 yrs ... Irressa ( next month switched to the new released Tarceva ) and antibiotics and with in a day she was feeling ... also started on Iressa and were later switched to Tarceva when Iressa was taken off the market and some of those ... questions feel free to ask as I feel like I am the Tarceva Rep! ( think they would pay me?) JanMarie...
    ... have also heard that your body starts to figure out Tarceva over time which makes it less effective. Is there...
    ... have also heard that your body starts to figure out Tarceva over time which makes it less effective. Is there ... used for people who have had initial success with Tarceva then relapse. Off hand I don't remember the name...
    ... improvement she had that month . We were just lucky that Tarceva also worked when they switched to it the next month...

  48. Questions
    ... meantime, read up on a "second-line" therapy called Tarceva . It sounds like you mom could be a good candidate...

  49. Update on Dad...
    ... Lobectomy in November of last year.) He was put on Tarceva 150mg. Dad had a CT about 3-4 weeks ago which ... fact 2 of the lesions were a tad bit smaller. The Tarceva has finally started working. For right now ... , he will continue the Tarceva 150mg, and if needed, he has the portacath for more ... well for a day or two then has several bad days. The Tarceva caused a rash on his forehead, which seems to have...

  50. Don't know how to deal
    ... started her on Irressa ( next month changed it to Tarceva as it had just came on the market and works better ... full of energy and out living her life again. The Tarceva did away with her lung tumor and worked on her liver ... over 1.5yrs of a real good quality of life thanks to Tarceva before the effects of 4th line chemo really set in...

  51. Subcutaneous metastases in nsclc 4........
    ... successful in treating multiple subcutaneous mets with Tarceva or any other form of treatment? Can anyone offer...

  52. Catch up and info needed
    ... tumor in her chest for the past 1.5 yrs ( Thanks Tarceva ).She may have lasted several months and done better...

  53. Considering Alternative Medicines
    ... genetic mutations in certain lung cancers respond to the Tarceva drug. He and his medical team have conducting promising ... NSCLC) in patients who respond more favorably to Tarceva (also called erlotonib). I will be praying for your...
    ... mentioned and said that if one tested beneficially then Tarceva could be given in the first line. When I asked our ... absoultely not going to settle for less than getting Tarceva in the second line. We must at least try. Jan-...

  54. Chemo....a second opinion.
    ... I too do not know why they do not try Tarceva ? What have you got to loose as it will either help ... that made me feel so very hopeful about Irressa then Tarceva when Irressa was pulled from the market. My mom's ... they took it off the market at about the same time Tarceva was approved. An interesting aspect of this is that ... was not working? They have since been switched to Tarceva and most but not all have continued NED on it! Thank...
    ... Janmarie, thank you for your replies. I had thought Tarceva was one of the chemo drugs, so I hadn't looked for ... item just a few days ago about the controversy over Tarceva being freely available in Scotland but not in England ... radiotherapy session. However, I also read that Tarceva causes blood clotting, which is one of the reasons ... safe. Have to wait and see what he has to say about Tarceva . So, thank you once again for opening my eyes!...
    ... have never heard of complications with clotting and Tarceva , but Avastin, another targeted therapy that seeks...
    ... spreading to the lining of the chest. I found out about Tarceva through this board and Janmarie's posts, while doing ... a third oncologist who immediately prescribed the Tarceva , and thank God, my mother was one of the 10% of people...

  55. Can anyone relate to this?
    ... second line agent was Iressa changed a month later to Tarceva which had just been released and suddenly she was...
    ... second line agent was Iressa changed a month later to Tarceva which had just been released and suddenly she was...

  56. Hi Question ON Tarceva
    ... Hi my mom took Tarceva and she was one of the Lucky ones that responded to ... those that do often have fast and dramatic results. Tarceva worked better for my mom then any of the chemos did ... in years. In Jan. 2005 the Iressa was switched to Tarceva as Iressa was being pulled from the market. They are ... the same type of drug. For 7 months my mom took the Tarceva and it totally did away with her lung tumor but since ... the beginning she had some liver mets. At first the Tarceva destroyed some of them and shrunk the others then ... respiratory issues that many here do. While on the Tarceva she did get the acne type rash and her finger tips ... We all are very thankful for the good time the Tarceva gave her as after her first chemo I did not think ... live a normal life as it wiped her out but thank God Tarceva changed that. Even when she went back on chemo when ... rest of the time she felt good. So after starting Tarceva she had about 14 months of high quality time. The ... energy which made me even more thankful for the time Tarceva had given us. At stage IV NSCLC any quality time like ... there are plenty of people that have not responded to Tarceva or had lots of side effects like a rash that was intolerabl ... differenct so respond to drugs in a different way. Tarceva can also cause a fatal interstitial fibrosis in some ... cancer was going to kill her so the chance of having Tarceva work out weighed any risks for her. I will send ... s way in hopes that he may see postive results of Tarceva as I know how thankful my whole family is for Tarceva...

  57. is it possible to ever have surgery from stage IV, if the tumor shrinks enough?...
    ... survive longer then normal. I am hoping the newer drugs, Tarceva , Avastin , hopefully soon the new cancer vaccine and...
    ... I am hoping the newer drugs, Tarceva , Avastin , hopefully soon the new cancer vaccine and ... Janmarie- I have been pressing my onc for Tarceva and he seems to resist the idea. Why?? It seems the ... gemzar is causing Patsy to be anemic, so why not try Tarceva ? We are going to Medical University of South Carolina...
    ... people that had doctors that were reluctant to try Tarceva . I really don't understand why. Tarceva only works ... have been and have a similar problem trying to get on Tarceva . Then you have Dr.s like my mom's who will not ... stray from protocol and I think Tarceva is considered 2nd line after a first line chemo ... asked the doctor why he is so resistant to trying the Tarceva ? Patsy is so young that I think in your case I would...
    ... asked the doctor why he is so resistant to trying the Tarceva ? Patsy is so young that I think in your case I would...
    ... I just read about tarceva on healthboards.............they said tarceva showed...
    ... must have missed it before. I have been reading on Tarceva for a couple months and while I'm not an authority ... me wife's broncoscopy I was told that testing for Tarceva was "controversial". That of course doesn't mean much ... suspect the controversy has more to do with the cost of Tarceva which is about $3,000-$4,000 a month. On the other ... should anyone suffer chemo if they respond well to Tarceva ? At the end of the day there is only 2 ways to find ... companies to court because they refused to pay for Tarceva . I predict in 3-5 years there will be no controversy...

  58. Hi to Conan Jan and JanMarie and All - My Ma finally going home
    ... mind, it drove me crazy. Then months later came the Tarceva and it changed things and my mom felt and looked great ... she has made it this long so hang in there. Had the Tarceva worked longer then it did or had the doctor been willing ... have gone away like the actual lung tumor did ( from Tarceva ) . You need to have faith as there are new...

  59. Double Trouble
    ... Thanks for all the replies. I have been taking the Tarceva by the book from the beginning. Now, in my second ... cells. I called my onc and she said that if the Tarceva works it'll work on these ones too. And the latest...

  60. is 30% shrinkage good? sorry haven't been here...
    ... Angel, my mom has been taking Tarceva and she had significant shrinkage of her tumor, so ... with her progress and remission. She must take the Tarceva every day for the rest of her life. There is a possibility ... of relapse with Tarceva , so we are thankful to God and taking things one day...
    ... great if we could have surgery, or at least try the tarceva . My mom was a smoker, however the other criteria is...
    ... on Irressa which was switched to the newly released Tarceva the next month. The Tarceva totally did away with ... However she had liver mets from the start and while the Tarceva at first knocked them way back and did away with a ... beating cancer right now for some people lays with Tarceva and avastin, RFA or cyberknife when necessary and ... can take over for some when they quit responding to Tarceva . Lance Armstrong's web site has a lung cancer...
    ... My mother also smoked for 50 years. I know the tarceva works better on non-smokers, although, genetically...

  61. My mom's CT
    ... had not spread to her liver yet? The fact that the Tarceva did away with the lung tumor and it has not come back ... had gotten to it before it spread to the liver, the Tarceva would have done what it did and since we had no liver ... mets she would still be stable and still be on Tarceva as we would be assuming since the lung tumor was gone...

  62. Bud
    ... is very poor right now. (depressed) He started his Tarceva yesterday. Good luck with your house hunting and...

  63. Biopsy results are back!
    ... both of dad's lungs.:( He is starting him on 100mg Tarceva . He says that dad is a good candidate for the Tarceva ... appointment is in 2 weeks. If he is tolerating the Tarceva well enough, the doc will increase the dosage. ... My mom asked what his prognosis is if the tarceva doesn't work. The doc just said, I am not going there...
    ... the doctors say your dad is a good candidate for the Tarceva .. My mother started taking it in mid-March, and it ... 10% of people with NSCLC, but for some reason the Tarceva has been shown to be more effective for non-smokers...
    ... chemotherapy, which is the same approach that is used with Tarceva . Kris [url]http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006...
    ... Annette, You probably read my Tarceva adventure. Two weeks ago I resumed it (after a week ... treatment I was going to receive and I never heard about Tarceva . My onc didn't give me any prognosis. She probably ... suspected pneumonia. Now I feel sick because of the Tarceva , but if this is going to help I am willing to pay...
    ... Gil, Yes I did read your post about the Tarceva . In fact, it's the first one I read when finding...
    ... your dad is doing well. Did he already start the Tarceva ? I hope he has minimal side effects! Kim...
    ... Kim, Thanks for asking. Dad did start the Tarceva on Monday. As far as I heard, he has not had any ... We are just hoping that this will subside as the Tarceva begins to work. I took him on Monday for an Endoscopy ... them what I have been reading about both NSCLC and Tarceva . My mom too has been researching all of this. You...
    ... the one with cancer. Amazing what they can do with Tarceva if you are one of the ones that it works on! I have...
    ... I will keep my fingers crossed that the Tarceva works as well for your dad as it did for my mom. My ... December 2004 she started Iressa and was change to Tarceva in Jan 2005 as her doctor believed that it had a better ... saying she had not felt that good in years. The Tarceva worked on her liver mets for awhile but then seemd ... it and put back on chemo, The great thing about the Tarceva was it totally did away with the actual lung tumor ... found and that the liver stopped responding to the Tarceva .Maybe if we had found it before it spread with the ... help of Tarceva she would be NED and living the good life still but ... now we are calling hospice. Anyway when Tarceva works it can do some amazing work on the cancer and ... I feel in the not so far future drugs like Tarceva , avastin and hopefully HKI 272 ( still in clinical ... and ask God to allow him to see good results from Tarceva . JanMarie...

  64. Maybe calling it quits
    ... Carboplatin/Taxol, Iressa for 1 month then changed to Tarceva as it was just approved( she responded very well to ... and has had no actual tumor in her lung since the tarceva . It did work on the liver mets at first but then they ... has gotten to enjoy much of the time thanks to the Tarceva . But to say I am not upset would be a a lie as I find...
    ... tremendous help to us for your guidance and insights on the Tarceva , and thank God every day.. Kris...

  65. Dad w/ NSCLC **Intro**
    ... CT guidance next Monday. The doc started him on Tarceva (not sure the dosage) and says it will be 2 months ... has wide spread cancer, what will 2 months do it the Tarceva is not successful. I know that we do not have the...
    ... found out tonight that he hasn't actually started the Tarceva yet. He will wait for the biopsy results for that...
    ... situation sounds similar to my mother, who has been on Tarceva since March of this year. She had a lobectomy last ... adenocarcinoma. Please be advised that for some reason, Tarceva only responds to about 10% of people with NSCLC and ... mutation that is favorable to responsiveness of the Tarceva drug, and has been doing extremely well, thank God...
    ... genetically test cancer to see if it will respond to Tarceva . If so, Tarceva can be used as a first-line therapy ... stronger, I am going to ask for her to be tested for Tarceva . In a web-cast lecture I listened to on Sloan Kettering ... , one Doc said Tarceva has shrunk tumors to nothing in as little as 5 days...

  66. My Tarceva adventure, chapter one
    ... Thanks for shairng your experience with Tarceva ...not an option for my husband, but still appreciate ... you are feeling better since they have stopped the Tarceva ...what a terrible experience...but you want to ensure...
    ... My mother has been on Tarceva . She initially was prescribed Benadryl to help with ... she uses. We are blessed that her side effects with Tarceva have been manageable compared to her life-threatening...
    ... My dad after about 10 days on Tarceva developed very red eyelids, that started turning inside...
    ... Our xp with Tarceva was a very negative one. somewhat like yours...lots ... his lips and nose...very very painful for my hubby. Tarceva was found to be ineffective for his type of nsclc ... PLEASE, see about another CT...at least...or a PET. Tarceva is a wonderful drug for the typed patients. Bud was...
    ... the lung area and it's gone completely. So maybe the Tarceva did something good. I've managed to survive another ... Michigan. My doc wants me to resume a lower dose of Tarceva (100 mg instead of 150) today but I'll wait a few...
    ... Gilbert, So sorry to hear about your troubles with Tarceva . My husband had the same rash, mouth sores, nose ... bleeds, etc. when he first tried Tarceva . A lotion was given to him with the data on the drug ... internet (I can't tell you where, maybe the website for Tarceva ) and found a helpful hint when taking the drug. Be ... sure to take Tarceva either one hour before meals or two hours after meals ... . My husband had been taking his Tarceva with his breakfast. He immediately started taking ... his Tarceva and the Doxycycline at mid-morning and almost all ... has been out in the sun. One more thing, the Tarceva seems to be aggrevated by the sun so be sure to wear ... and lots of sunscreen. I hope this helps you as Tarceva seems to be the best drug available right now. By...


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