Tarceva & Whole Brain Radiation


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A lot has happened since my last post.  I decided to try a drug called Tarceva before I moved on to the next chemo.  I haven’t had any scans yet and its only been about 3 weeks, but I have to tell you I am starting to feel better.  The other day I sneezed for the first time in months, without any pain.  Can you say Woo Hoo!

You see, this drug is not “supposed” to work for me.  You need to have a certain genetic mutation in order for it to work.  I don’t have it. However, there have been people it has worked for who are like me.  I believe I am one of those people who is being helped by Tarceva even though I shouldn’t be.  I can just feel it.  God’s gotta plan, Amen!?!

There are side effects, but it hasn’t been too bad.  Initially I developed a rash on my face.  I wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but fortunately I am able to take some antibiotics to help with that.  Other side effects are tummy issues and dry skin.  I’m thinking on the scale of things, I’m doing pretty darn good.

Gamma Knife & Whole Brain Radiation

Last Monday I had to undergo another gamma knife as they found another spot in my brain.  Turns out there were actually 4 spots that they found and they radiated.

Unfortunately, after the procedure was finished, the doctor advised me that they found cancer in the fluid in my brain.  Doctors said I needed to have whole brain radiation.  I have to go to Roswell for 10 days to have treatment.

I was scared at first.  I didn’t really know what I was getting into, but it really isn’t too bad.  I’m in and out in 10 minutes. Compared to the gamma knife, it’s nothing.

So what are the side effects.  So far, I’m a little tired and my head is itchy.  In about two weeks I will lose my hair, but I think I’ve prepared myself for it.  Nothing I can do about it anyway, right? We have a couple wigs floating around the house.  The family is having some fun with them, including my husband. LOL  Just trying to make the best of it.

End of April I will be having another CT Scan. Looking forward to seeing how Tarceva is kickin’ cancer’s dupa!

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