And I can thank Tarceva for that. Finally.
So I was a bit whiny and dark in that last post. That may come around again later, but for now things started looking up when I got that little bottle with the green label, the one that Genentech will provide for 2 years, thanks to being reinstated in the clinical trial.
After about 5 days I had zits, but by golly, I could walk, talk, breathe…I had the energy to do those things because I wasn't coughing myself into oblivion. I could sleep through the night without pain. It was amazing. Of course, I need to give up caffeine now—I get so wired—and spicy foods are starting to hurt me again. But hey, I CAN BREATHE!
Now, I know my oncologist is trying to zap the disease as quickly as possible so I can live a little before the Tarceva stops working, so he's added Alimta anyway. I got the first cycle yesterday. Today I feel ok, but my chest feels congested and my back's starting to hurt again. I hope this isn't undoing all the good things Tarceva was doing for me.
Clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of this drug combo just started recruiting in March 2007, in Austria, Hungary, and Spain. I couldn't find any openly available data on the use of Alimta-Tarceva combination—on the medical research sites maybe, but they're inaccessible without an account. This makes me apprehensive—the trials don't end until 2009. It's a bit late to be fretting, I guess, but it irritates the control freak in me that I don't have any solid evidence that these meds don't conflict, although they're both targeted agents.
I'm hopeful this means I'll be able to travel after all, this year. It has to be this year—one never knows about next year. For now I'm happy to be able to do rudimentary things without having to stop and mouth-breathe. The rash will eventually turn into a full-blown appearance of bad acne, but I think: I've had pretty decent skin all my life. I can handle zits in exchange for breathing, right?
As long as I don't scare my husband away, things will hopefully be ok.