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  1. Andy's is indeed a great story, and the story of this drug is fabulous as well. It's important to note that this "magic bullet" only works for the 4-5% of NSCLC patients with the EML4-ALK mutation (I was just tested for it and don't have it). Those more likely to have the mutation are never-smokers (or very light smokers) with adenocarcinoma. They also appear to be more likely to be male, younger, and without the EGFR mutation. One last caveat: just as with Tarceva for the EGFR mutation, there's no guarantee that this new drug will continue to work forever. The two trials currently underway hope to get at this question.--Neil
  2. Judy: Tarceva IS used for NSCLC. In fact, that (and pancreatic cancer) is what it's approved for. Without giving medical advice (which would not be good, since I'm not a doctor), Tarceva would be a major consideration for someone in your situation after Alimta (though hopefully you'll do well on Alimta for years!). You can find informative posts on Tarceva from the doctors at GRACE. Best, Neil
  3. Cat: Thanks. That was sloppy of me.--Neil
  4. Randy: Thanks for the report. Just to clarify, Tarceva, which is approved for NON-small cell lung cancer (I assume that was just a typo in the release you were quoting) in 2nd (or later)-line use, was rejected by the FDA (by a 12-1 vote) in December as a maintenance drug (to be used immediately after successful first-line treatment), due to an insufficient level of supporting data. OSI and Genentech then submitted more data, and the revised application will be considered for a decision by April. One key point is that Tarceva remains approved for 2nd-line and later NSCLC.--Neil investor.osip.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=438052
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    drug help

    Cat--Thanks. I don't know if my mom will qualify, but I passed this on to her.--Neil
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    drug help

    Not sure if this is the right subject area, but it's the closest I could figure. My sister asked me to find out if there are "legitimate" discount drug sites that might be helpful to our Mom, who is on (among other things) abilify, which is running her $500 per month (in the middle of the Medicare donut). Any ideas? Thanks!--Neil
  7. Randy--I appreciate all your work on this forum. It's tremendous. I posted because: a) there was no identification of the source. You simply copied from the web site. they have a clear and non-mainstream agenda. c) people should know that when they evaluate their information. d) through no fault of yours, people often take what you post here as gospel (ignoring the warning at the top of the forum as well as previous posts from Katie). Thus, I, too, was just giving another perspective. I don't think you have anything resembling a hidden agenda or ulterior motive. I don't even think that they do. It's right out there on their web site. My other remark (somewhat tongue in cheek) was a response to previous attacks on anything that questions "alternative medicine" or demands evidence to support its claims. I make use of alternative medicine, and I agree that it has much to offer. However, it is best when it is evidence-based. And, again, on the substance, I don't know that I'm going to get an H1N1 shot if it becomes available to me. It's a tough call.--Neil
  8. Not sure what I think about the H1N1 vaccine (and I'm figuring I'll get H1N1 before the vaccine is available anyway), but note that Randy has reprinted an article from a British "natural health" website. Note also that they think the cervical cancer vaccine is bad (they're in a very distinct minority there) and that laetrile is good (again, they're in a minority). I'm not sure they're that reliable, but I'm probably just a tool of the medical conspiracy. Good luck to all!--Neil
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    Politicians!

    Would be scary if it were true. Don't believe everything you read! http://www.snopes.com/travel/trap/congress.asp
  10. Come on people! How many times does this have to happen? http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
  11. Ned--I have hiccups every Alimta cycle. They start the night before the infusion, and they end the second day after. Thus, they are clearly Decadron-related. Best, Neil
  12. Hi, Ned! As you know, I've been on Alimta and Avastin for a year now. I hope Alimta is as successful for you as it's been for me. I've never had a Neulasta shot. The couple of times that blood work was done in between treatments, white count was down but not hugely so. The bigger issue with Alimta is red counts, and it has been for me (thus, the shortness of breath and fatigue), but that was cumulative. Best of luck!--Neil
  13. OK, the most amazing thing in this whole thread is that Ned reads his own scans!! At my center, the scans go into the system right away. Typically, I have a scan on a day that I'm supposed to have treatment. I have labs, then the scan, then I go see the oncologist. He reads the scan and gives me the results (consulting with the radiologist if necessary). If they're good, we proceed with the treatment. I get the radiologist's report either at the end of the day's treatment or the next time I go in (depending upon whether it's ready in time). I can't think of a more ideal system (unless I were to hand-carry the films to Hawaii for Ned to read while I gaze into the Pacific!).--Neil
  14. It is my understanding that, prior to B12 and Folic Acid supplementation, Alimta side effects were much worse (during the trials). That's why they're part of the regimen.--Neil
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