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Erbitux as a maintenace drug?

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joyzee
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I was treated for stage 3b lung cancer from 4/09 thru 6/09(radiation and chemo,no surgery)afterwhich, I was told that the tumor in the left lung and lympnode in right lung had successfully been treated. I was told to take off 3 to 4 weeks, and then we will reasses. However, before the 3/4 weeks were up,I felt a knot on my right shoulder between the ear and shoulder. I was told that this is common with Lung cancer and I was again treated with radiation and chemo starting 8/09. I had my last radiation session 10/09, and my last chemo 12/09. I had another PET scan on 1/10/10, and was told all signs of cancer are gone. I was jumping for joy and thanking our Lord God. Now my doctor says he will be starting me on a maintenace program with Eribux once a week for about 8 weeks. My question, is this normal, should I be concerned?

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joyzee
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Erbitux maintenance or not?

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Well, I only know it is a targeted drug, like Tarceva (which I take), and I know that even tho I'm in remission I will continue to take Tarceva to keep the cancer wolf from my door - I'm assuming that is what is meant by a maintenance drug. Erbitux is usually used in head/neck and colorectal cancer, but I'm sure your oncologist has a reason to prescribe it for you. Please ask him/her - you have every right to have your treatment explained to you :)

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joyzee
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Thank you for your reply.

U were right "Stayingcalm". I did ask my onc nurse, and she said it is a drug used to keep the cancer wolf from my door, and i will be taking it for as long as he feels it is necessary. I asked how will he know when it is no longer necessary, she said he will request another scan after 3 months, if he doesn't have reason to before.

Keep prayer and be Blessed hope to talk to u again soon.

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Nice avatar, joyzee :) I should have congratulated you on your good news, and I hope your 3-mos scan is every bit as good!

Deb

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joyzee
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Thanks Deb for your kind words, hope all is well with u and I will keep you in my prayers.

Be Blessed

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