she received chemo and rad for last two years and her onc is recomending tarceva. will this help? How good or bad is tarceva? any help please.
I am very sorry to hear about your wife's battle with liver cancer. My prayers go up for your family and especially for your wife. Tarceva (erlotinib) is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body. Drugs.com has a very long list of side effects, common and serious. Please read about these side effects at:
It is a very potent chemotherapy drug. The more informed you are about the drugs your wife is using, the easier it will be to discuss her treatments and condition with her doctor. When you read the info provided by drugs.com at the link provided, be sure to read the info for medical professionals, tooI. I know it is alot of med-speak, but you can still get the overall gist of what it is saying. As with any medication, nobody knows with 100% certainty if it will help. Cancer treatments are sometimes a hit and miss scenario. The best suggestion I can give is for her to try Tarceva. Be certain that frequent blood tests are done to monitor her blood chemistry levels. I hope this helps a little.
- Tarceva Information for Consumers
- Tarceva Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tarceva (detailed)
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