Experience with erbitux?

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Experience with erbitux?

by Hearthealer on Fri Sep 30, 2011 05:01 PM

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My husband has been told that most probably his T2N2cM0 poorly differentiated squamous cell cel cancinoma of the left hypopharynx has metasticized to the lung.  The doctor plans to do nothing until the small spots become larger and then start him with the chemo Erbitux. He said that he had an estimated one year to live.

He underwent 7 weeks of radiation and 2 rounds of chemo (too weak at the end to have the recommended 3rd) and initially was cancer free in February 2011.

Can anyone respond about the quality of life on Erbitux and also whether you know anyone who has survived for longer than a year after metastisis to the lung.  (We will be getting a 2nd opinion, just have to figure out where.)  We live in Sacramento so if anyone has better ideas than UCSF or Stanford, please let me know. 

We are obviously heartsick.  My husband is only 64 and has lived a very healthy lifestyle (not that having an unhealthy lifestyle means you "deserve" to get sick) but it is just so unexpected--all of it.

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