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Erbitux and Eye Sight

newbride
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Anyone know if Erbitux can have any effect on the eyes? My husband was starting to get crustiness in his eyes and 2 weeks ago was given an rx for drops for "conjunctivitis" however it hasn't gotten better and his eyes are very dry now and stick together when he sleeps - almost has to pry them open when he wakes up. Also when he looks down his eyes are blurry. They brought in an optomistrist today who scheduled him for a CT scan for tomorrow and said that they think it might be the Erbitux and took him off it.

However, I am suspicious in that I have found nothing on line about Erbitux and eyesight and am almost afraid to ask the doctor if they think the tumor has been growing during the treatments and is now affecting his eyes.

Anyone got thoughts here?

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carolinagirl67
Posts: 153
Joined: Jul 2009

Hey Newbride,

I can't find out anything either. Maybe he is having an allergic reaction. I know you are worried but don't think the worst. Since your husbands cancer is rare maybe they just don't know.

Keep the faith.
Donna

Bonj
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Joined: Aug 2009

Hi newbride,

My husband has been on Erb for 3 years on and off now and has had that conjunctivitis around his eyes. Erb also irritates his tongue, the roof of his mouth, as well as the typical rash that comes along with it.

Given the nasty side affects that come with it, Erb proved to be the most effective portion of his cocktail and always worked to shrink his tumor.

Jess

newbride
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Joined: Jul 2009

Thanks for the info - it made me feel much better (not better that your husband had to endure that) but better knowing that what my husband is experiencing someone else has as well. Whew....I was really getting nervous that the tumor may have spread. I'm also glad to hear that the Erb working for your husband. Yeah the rash really sucks, I feel so bad for him. What type of cancer was your husband diagnosed with - just curious.

Bonj
Posts: 17
Joined: Aug 2009

My husband has a tumor in his nasal pharynx (in his sinuses) that moved to his lymphnodes. Trust me when I say the Erb works. Is your husband receiving it weekly? Another side effect to watch out for too is tingling or numbness in the finger tips and feet.

newbride
Posts: 142
Joined: Jul 2009

I know I am reaching for straws here -- but do you know the actual "type" of cancer?? My husband's also first appeared in his sinus cavity -- then reappeared in his nasal cavity. Did your husband also have surgery? Sorry for all the questions -- just trying to find similarities (and more positive comments I can show my husband).

Bonj
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Joined: Aug 2009

Officially he was diagnosed as stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal pharynx. He has had surgery to remove the lymphnodes on the right side of his neck, as well as chemo, radiation and cyberknife treatment.

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