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    Dawn1964 asked a questionLung Cancer

    New Medication

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      IronMom45

      Hi my 81 year old aunt stage 4 lung post lung removal chemo takes tarceva for past two years. Has done well takes at 6:30am empty stomach then waits two hours to eat. In beginning had slight rash cream controlled. Now they can find no evidence of cancer! Good luck to you.

      over 5 years ago
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      RM-88

      Dawn you are a trooper,
      Consider checking out Supportive and Palliative Care,Natl-Cancer Inst,or Scc Journal-mascc. God -Bless,
      rm88

      over 5 years ago
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      dstranathan

      Hi Dawn,
      I have been on 150 mg of Tarceva since January of 2010, almost five years and I am still stable. There are side effects in the beginning, but most of mine became mild after the first six months.

      over 5 years ago
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    Dawn1964 asked a questionLung Cancer

    biopsy

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      fowlstack

      I had a lung biopsy last week. They keep you awake but sedated. It was completely painless except for the "pressure" I could feel when the Dr,. was locating and obtaining tissue to test. My tumor was in the back left lobe, so the Dr. was working from my back. At MD Anderson you're placed in a recovery room, given a chest xray immediately and one 2 hours later to make sure the lung did not collapse. I was not allowed to drive home and was told to "take it easy" for 24 hours. Luckily at my age, 72, I had no problems.

      almost 6 years ago
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      SullyJackson

      Wow, Fowlstack, that scares me now. I drove myself to the appointment, had the biopsy, got up off the table and drove home. They only gave me a local though and I wasn't groggy. Other than that, my experience was very similar.

      almost 6 years ago
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      MaryTD777

      SandiA , SullyJackson & fowlstack all relay a description similar to my own. I am surprised that you haven't had a biopsy before. I always thought that was the definitive way to tell what kind of cancer it is (IF it IS cancer at all!) and therefore how to treat it. Not only do different kinds of cancer respond to different treatments ~ different kinds of chemo ~ but they have recently learned that genetically different tumors can be treated with targeted therapies that are VERY individualized.
      Best of luck!
      Mary

      over 5 years ago
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