Topic: Tarceva is working - no cancerous cells in liver!
I have been taking Tarceva since September 2009. The side effects eventually leveled off for me and it is mostly dry skin and tiredness that I notice now. Along with the Tarceva, I also had a combination of IV chemos Gemcitabine and Cisplatin from July 2009 through March 2010 (one week on, one week off). On March 30, 2010 I had a PET scan and there were no traces of cancer in the liver! Amen! I believe the combination of Gemcitabine & Cisplatin did a good job at keeping my tumor from growing, or any new ones developing. And, that it was the Tarceva that eventually got rid of everything. (Of course, I also attribute my miraculous healing to the answering of many prayers!)
That being said, I just learned this week some very important information about Tarceva and want to share it with all of you who may be taking it so you can inquire with your doctor/pharmacist. When refilling my Rx this week, I spoke with the Pharmacist and she told me something that I had never heard before. She said that I could NOT take reflux medication (i.e. Omeprazole/Prilosec, Previcid, Nexium, etc.) while on Tarceva, and that doing so would significantly reduce the absorption of Tarceva. She also said that if I need to take an antacid (i.e Tums), it needs to be spaced two hours from taking the Tarceva. This is critical information that everyone needs to know!
I hope that my update gives you encouragement, and the information about Tarceva is helpful. If I can ever answer any questions for you regarding my treatment, please let me know. God bless you in your journey.