AVN while on Tarceva

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March 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm  #1273433    


I was just diagnosed with arteriovenal necrosis. I took steriods during WBR for a total of about a month at the most. No one seems to know where this came from.

If you do have AVN, how are you being treated?

March 30, 2016 at 7:23 am  #1273438    
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Hello niftyd,

Welcome to GRACE. I’m sorry to hear of this complication. It doesn’t appear that anyone here on GRACE has reported a similar problem, and I haven’t found much treatment information on other sites, other than that if the necrosis is causing symptoms, steroids seem to be an appropriate choice.

Perhaps a consultation with a radiation oncologist might be helpful.

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4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
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Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
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