• I'm looking for any reviews or feedback from people who have been treated with (or watched a loved one be treated with) Tarceva.

    Asked by ebhollins on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    I'm looking for any reviews or feedback from people who have been treated with (or watched a loved one be treated with) Tarceva.

    My father was recently switched from his maintenance chemo treatment to Tarceva due to some growth of the tumor in his long. I will be seeing him in a couple weeks and would love to be able to give him more information about things I've heard, seen, etc. He doesn't always completely understand the technical information his oncologist gives him about his meds.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Madison's Avatar
      Madison

      my husband took Tarceeva with his GemZar. It helped his tumor stay small while he awaited his pancreas to shrink so he could have his Whipple. The side effects he experienced was an acne-type rash. he took minocycline to help minimize the rash. Overall I think it helped since it was a gene targeted therapy for his tumor. We were able to get it through our insurance drug plan but we had to go through a specialized pharmacy.
      most oncologist's know how to help you get coverage for this med which is really expensive.
      good luck

      over 4 years ago
    • WonderWoman's Avatar
      WonderWoman

      I took Tarceva for about 18 months before it ceased to work. Now on chemo (plan B). I had a minor rash, but nothing like some of the horror photo's they show you that could occur. The biggest side effect for me was that the strong medication caused an ulcer to form in my esophagus. Once that was diagnosed, I was prescribed Carafate suspension. This coats the ulcer and allows it to heal, and after that, coated my throat to prevent further occurrence. I hope that helps.

      WonderWoman (Lanna)

      over 4 years ago
    • Metalneck62's Avatar
      Metalneck62

      I have been on Tarceva since April, just had PET scan and it seems to be keeping the tumor small and the only side effect so far is wild dreams, but I take at night so I dont feel so wierd during the day. Hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago

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