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    Gregory, I just joined this today, so I'm new at it. I read your post of 9 months ago and wonder what your status is now. We have similar situations although I was on Tarceva for a year and nearly a half. Now on chemo, but no radiation. I try not to think about where this leads, and for the most part I am successful (not at the moment however, sniff), but sometimes it gets to me. I hope your treatments are being successful.

    I want you to know that someone else cares. Now I need a hug from my husband.

    WonderWoman (Lanna)

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    Hi Robert. I have the same problem. I've taken Tarceva until it quit working, and now I'm on chemo. What have you been through, and what are you going through now if different?

    WonderWoman (Lanna)

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    Other Care (memory loss): As a result of recent memory loss, I am scheduled for an MRI tomorrow (7/19/2012) to see if cancer has moved to my brain. That will be a decision point whether I continue any treatment for any of the cancer.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): The Tarceva ceased working around February of 2012. This was discovered by a routine CT scan that showed a slight increase in size in the cancer lesion. As a result, I am now on a chemo program and just completed the second session. I am scheduled for four total treatments, at 3 week intervals. The type of drugs in use does not cause loss of hair, but DOES cause nausea and constipation in spades. For those I have medications, and they are proving to be partially effective.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Targeted therapy): Markers on my cancer indicated that Tarceva would be the drug of choice to combat it. I began taking Tarceva in January of 2011 and within two months I had an ulcer in my esophagus. This was treated with Carafate suspension. The need to take these meds on an empty stomach, with a window of two hours before a meal or one hour after, along with other meds I take, had me on a 24 hour schedule with wake ups at 2AM and 5AM. Interrupted sleep was not fun.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I was experiencing pain in my left shoulder and attributed it to a rotor cuff issue I knew about. It became unbearable so I went to emergency. They took and xray and didn't like what they saw, so they took a CT scan and indicated I either had pneumonia or lung cancer. Two months later, after a biopsy of the pleura of my upper left lung, I was diagnosed at stage 4.