Topic: Tarceva working to stop growth of my advanced IHC
I haven't posted in a long time, I am now 2 years after diagnosis with advanced inoperable intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Standard chemo regimens worked for a while and then were ineffective; then was on a clinical trial that unfortunately did not work. The only therapy left for me was to try drugs that may help but as of yet have no robust clinical data proving efficacy.
In February my oncologist started me on Tarceva (ertonilib), an epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor. It is administered orally once per day. It is currently used for treatment of advanced pancreatic and non small cell lung cancers, but has been tried a bit with cholangio patients. Well, it is working to keep me alive so far. Tumours are stable; will be scanned again next month to see how things are doing. My health is ok as well. Not great! But good for someone in our position.
If your doctors don't have any help for you, you may want to try this drug. Keep in mind it may not be covered by insurance, if not it is 3 to 4 grand a month.
Good luck to all and God bless,