Jun 04, 2013 - 10:11 pm
My 88 year old mother has stage 4 esophageal cancer, rather than lung cancer.
She has been getting chemo for the last 2 years, but the last three chemos caused heart problems and a colon infection.
Based on my mother’s 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 any chemo.
Without chemo, the oncologist says she only has about 6 months left so he wants to call hospice.
Out of desperation, I asked if she could try Tarceva, which is a drug I’ve read about on the internet.
The oncologist said that Tarceva is usually used for lung cancer but that there is some data that it works for less than 10 percent of patients who have esophageal cancer.
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. In particular:
a. Did you take Tarceva by itself or in conjunction with chemo?
Since my mother can’t have chemo, the oncologist told her to take Tarceva alone.
b. What dosage have you taken? Do you take it every day?
The oncologist told my mother to take 150 mg. each day and every day.
c. What side effects did Tarceva cause?
Were the side effects less terrible than the side effects of chemo?
d. Has Tarceva worked for you?
Did it stop the spread of cancer? Or did it actually help shrink the cancer cells.
I would deeply appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you!