May 24, 2013 - 1:51 pm
My mother has stage 4 esophageal cancer, and she has been getting chemo for the last 2 years.
Two of the last three chemos caused heart problems and landed her in the hospital. The third chemo (the most recent one) caused a colon infection and low white cells.
Based on her age – she is 88 years old – and the problems she has lately experienced with chemo, her oncologist says he no longer wants to give her chemo.
He wants to call hospice.
Out of desperation, I asked if she could try a pill called Tarceva, which I’ve read about.
The oncologist said that Tarceva works for less than 10 percent of patients.
I told him we have nothing to lose since, according to the oncologist, without chemo, she only has about 6 months left. So he agreed to prescribe Tarceva to see if it might work for my mother.
Has anyone tried Tarceva? I would greatly appreciate any information you could provide, including whether or not it worked, what side effects you experienced, etc.