I was first diagnosed with Stage 3-B Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in Aug of 2008. So I have been lucky to have made it for over 3 1/2 years so far!
But the clinical trial that was so good for 1 1/2 years finally stopped working, & my Dr. at Johns Hopkins gave me a 9-month break. So, I took my 2 sons to Europe for 2 weeks & then had my right knee replaced!
Then my Dr. put me on Gemcitabine, which made me unable to breathe.....pretty awful! Last week, since my tumors all grew a lot the previous couple of months, he put me on Tarceva. (I don't know if I have any mutations or not yet.) I have to put 2 creams on my face & stomach twice a day to keep the bad rash away. I haven't had too much nausea or diarrhea so far.
My question is: How long does Tarceva work if you don't have the right mutation for it? And, how long does it work if you do have the right mutation?
Thanks very much,