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Tarceva Appears to be Working!!

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mamacita5
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I just got an email from my doctor and he said it looks like the Tarceva is starting to shrink my bone met. I have been taking it for 50 days now and I am happy with this news. I had a scan yesterday and when I saw the spot on my spine was still lit up I was so worried that the drug was not working. The tech said neither one of us was trained enough to determine if there had been improvement so I should wait for the doctor's impression. Then he whispered, "it looks better than the last scan". I did not have my hopes up, but I am very happy to have the good word from my oncologist! What a great guy to email me at 8:00 on a holiday/Friday night! Thank you for your good wishes and prayers on my behalf.

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I am so happy that the tarceva is working. You have a great dr to take the time to let you know on a Friday evening holiday, thats the kind of dr I like. I wish you continued good news. Lori

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So happy for you!!! You certainly have a thoughtful doctor to send you this news on a Friday night so you could enjoy your weekend.

I have been praying so hard for good news for you. Our prayers have been answered!!

Stay well my friend,
Glenna

kado4
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I am so happy for you Mamacita...what wonderful news.....Glad to hear the Tarceva is working for you....My good thoughts and prayers are with you.....

Glenna M...how are you doing??..Thinking about you too....Praying for good news and peaceful times.....Kado.

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Been thinking about you Glenna, I hope all is well. Please KNOW that you are in my prayers. Not just saying it, YOU are!

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Thank you Anita and Kado, I truly appreciate your prayers as I am a firm believer in the power of prayers. I pray every day for all of us who have cancer and say an extra prayers for those I have become close to. Please know that you are both in my prayers and as you said Anita..."Not just saying it, YOU are!".

I'm hanging in there, today is the last day of antibiotics for the C-diff I got because of all the other antibiotics they had me on and I'm feeling better. I am scheduled for chemo this Thursday as long as my blood work is still good. I will be having a CT scan on Dec. 1st to see if the chemo is doing anything, if not then the doctor said they will try another drug. I'm praying this one works and the tumors are shrinking.

Hope you both are well today!! Love and hugs to both of you.
Glenna

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This goes to te top of the happy news heap for the week.

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Thanks NayPaul. How is your wife doing? Is her targeted therapy working?

I think my doctor is going to have me start Zometa soon. I am a little worried about it because of the jaw thing,(although my dental health is good)and the other side effects. Seems like I just start to feel better, then I start something new that makes me feel lousy again. Is your wife doing okay on it?

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mamacita & Glenna .... You ladies are really a great inspiration for us all, i only hope i have the strength and courage you two have if my cancer comes back again. My next ct-scans are Dec 7th and the worry begins again..... Wishing you all the best.... Dan

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Wishing you the best in your upcoming scan and praying that you never have to experience this a second time.

Stay strong,
Glenna

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My wife was originally on xgeva... it did work, though se had muscle aches and pains for 48 hours post treatment. Another onc placed her on xgeva... works better, is only a shot vs iv, and less muscle aches. But a lot more expensive and some insurance companies do not like to cover it.

Her targeted therapy(crzotinib) appears to be working wonders. Especially since we got her gastoparesis under control. She as oreenerg than she has in months... is eating well again... I feel like I have my wife back. She takes no pain pills, is cutting out other meds and is getting mental and phsically stronger every day.

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Super news! Best wishes to your wife and her signficant others.

Take care,

Joe

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I am so happy to hear your wife is doing so well. I wish you and your wife continued health. Lori

grannylove
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So very glad to hear that your wife is responding well! That is indeed good news for the Thanksgiving season! Better get ready to do alot of cooking since her appetite is coming back! :) Your perseverance is paying off. You both are in my prayers daily and look forward to more positive posts!! Stay strong. Cheryl

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We have ct, mri blood tests and dr appt next week... will keep u up to date... but she continues to get better daily... no pain meds, reduced nausea meds, no more marinol. Eating voraciously normal sleep schedule.... stilll gets fatigued easil, but she is covinced that is due to the weight loss........ this is the first time I get to tell her if she keeps it up she will be a fat ass.... and she thinks its funny.

grannylove
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Glad to hear you are feeling better.....and continuing forward with your treatment! You sure have had alot of obstacles in your path these past few months. What a fighter you are! Know you are definitely in my prayers daily and hoping to see smoooooth sailing with your tx and positive results here on out. God Bless. Cheryl

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Awesome news,my friend!

Keep on keeping on!

Take care,

Joe

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So glad to hear your good news. Stay strong.

c

grannylove
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Anita,
Just wonderful wonderful news! I am so happy for your news and know that this news renews your inner strength....I am crying tears of joy for you. Know you are in my prayers.....not just saying it either. Lifting all my fighting friends up in prayers daily. Stay strong and continue to get good results. ((((HUGS)))) Cheryl
ps. Your onco deserves a kudos!!

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Thanks Cheryl for the love and prayers...Dan hoping for the best of news for you on your upcoming scan, we're cheering for you *\O/* *\O/* *\O/* NayPaul I am so very happy that your wife is making a comeback. I am sure that fact that she is an athlete has been beneficial to her as her poor body has certainly taken a beating of late. Thanks for info on Zometa. I will go for an infusion on Thursday, and once a month every month.

I was sitting in the oncologists waiting room today when a gal came out with the BIGGEST smile ever and I heard her say to her husband "I don't have to come again for 3 months" I knew she was friends with NED again!

Glenna I hope your chemo is still on??

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I LOVE your new picture, you look gorgeous!!!! I won't know whether or not I will get the chemo tomorrow until I get to the oncologist's office and have my blood work done. The C-diff seems to have cleared up and I've been off the antibiotics for 3 days so hopefully everything will be okay and I can get the infusion. Pretty sad when you pray they can pump you full of poison...LOL.

NayPaul...so happy for you and your wife, enjoy the upcoming holidays, life is good!!

For everyone else...you are all in my prayers daily, we are in this fight together and together we help keep each other strong.

Love you all, I couldn't do this without you here at my side.

Stay well,
Glenna

kado4
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Good morning....Just to add something..I would recommend that you ask your doctor about adding a pro-biotic to your diet,such as Align.Also, if you like yogart, that would help to replace some of the normal flora to your intestines,as your bowels are still very sensative, and the chemo will effect the bowels...I hope you have a great day....

P.S. Anita your new picture is beautiful!

All have a great day.....Kado.

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And to NayPaul and Mammacita: Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!!
Cheers
Medi

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I was just thinking about you Medi! I hope you are doing well. I just got back from an infusion of Zometa. Not feeling bad at all so I hope this means I will tolerate this medication well.

Renaboom
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Mamacita and all... You all are such an inspiration to me. I was dx in late july with stage 4 nsclc... Immediate 3weeks of radiation to the neck and full brain and a week before I started chemotherapy my dr called and said I qualified for Tarceva! What a blessing! I just had CT/MRI last week and the pill seems to be working on my tumors! Praise God :) keep fighting mamacita and everyone on here... This horrible disease can be fought!

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