My mom is 52 years old, never smoked. She was diagnosed with NSCLC Stage 4 in February 2011 she had one metastasis tumor in her brain and the main one in her right lung. In February she went under two brain surgery and one month of brain radiation therapy. For the following year she was on 3 courses of Gemzar/Carboplatin, but there was some growth and she got one metastasis in same lung.
Starting in March 2012 she has been on Tarceva 150mg, the tumor hasn't been growing, she has been having some side effects but they come and go. Between then and now she underwent 4 more courses of Carboplatin by itself.
Her recent CT scan showed that she had liquid in her right lung (pleurisy) so the doctor just suck it out with the huge syringe and injected Carboplatin directly in the affected area. The new CT scan shows that the tumor became smaller.
Now the doctor is having her take 2 weeks off from Tarceva because she had skin dryness.
For the next step the doctor wants her to take Tarceva with Avastin. Has somebody had experience with the combination of these two medicine? How did it work? My worry is that I was reading some articles and they were saying that Avastin is really good, until it works, but when it stops working the tumor starts growing faster then before.
Should we go with Avastin? Any other/better alternative?
Please keep in mind that Avastin will cost us $2,500 a month since we have no access to any sort of insurance for my mom.