Has anyone taken the targeted therapy osimertinib (Tagrisso)?

Posted by nursed2075 @nursed2075, Mar 27, 2020

Has anyone taken Osimertinib before?

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Yes, I was on it for a year and a half until it got too toxic for me and I had to go off. I was on only 40 mg.

You?

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@dragonspark

I’ve been on it since end of November 2023. My side effects are mild. Random diarrhea, fatigue, dry hair and nails, rash that antibiotic cream cleared up. The first month, I also had a dull, constant headache until I figured out I needed to up my water intake. I also had mild nausea but that’s gone too.

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Antibiotic cream, I'm going to try that.

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I’ve been on it since end of November 2023. My side effects are mild. Random diarrhea, fatigue, dry hair and nails, rash that antibiotic cream cleared up. The first month, I also had a dull, constant headache until I figured out I needed to up my water intake. I also had mild nausea but that’s gone too.

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@lls8000

Hi @scared2. Treatment options can be overwhelming and are evolving quickly. This is why we all need good doctors that can recommend specific treatments for our types of cancer.
Targeted Therapies are oral medications that are specific to certain drivers of lung cancers. The meds edit the mutations for the genes to return them to 'normal', thus stopping the cancer growth. Your husband's doctors should run biomarker tests to determine if you qualify for a targeted therapy. The cancer types that do qualify are things like EGFR, KRAS, ALK, MEK, etc.
Chemo is hitting all the calls in the body in hopes of killing cancer cells. Targeted therapy is 'targeting' the DNA of the cells that are mutating out of control. It's amazing science, but it does not apply to all types of lung cancer.
When people refer to 'mets', they are talking about cancer that has metastasized to another part of the body. IE, my primary cancer and tumor is in my lung, but that cancer metastasized to my liver and lymph nodes. I have/had liver mets.
Try to get some sleep, it's important for the patient and caregiver too. I know that's easier said than done in some cases. Have you received information on what treatment he'll be having?

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The last couple of weeks he's been really tired. Is this normal after radiation finished in Nov.
Scared2

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@dianemb

Hi franciekid,
I am taking a study drug which is targeted therapy for nsc IV. I also have the diarrhea occasionally, dry skin and some other minor side effects. It’s a small price to pay. Glad to read you are doing well. B W, Diane

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Thanks, Diane. You too - BW. Hope you stay well.

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@thieschafer

Has anyone else had leg and hand cramps while taking targeted therapy for Stage 4 lung cancer?

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Hello thiashafer,
I am on Tagrisso and do have hand and leg cramps off and on. I take a magnesium supplement everyday and I think it helps some but the cramps still do occur.

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@franciekid

Been taking 80mg Tagrisso every day for 7 months. Stage 1b NSCLC. Tagrisso is a miracle drug. I have been cancer free since my surgery and chemo. I do have side effects from Tagrisso - frequent diarrhea, skin rash (now gone), nail splitting and changes to the texture of my hair. Annoying but manageable.

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Hi franciekid,
I am taking a study drug which is targeted therapy for nsc IV. I also have the diarrhea occasionally, dry skin and some other minor side effects. It’s a small price to pay. Glad to read you are doing well. B W, Diane

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Has anyone else had leg and hand cramps while taking targeted therapy for Stage 4 lung cancer?

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@scared2

I'm new to almost all the new
treatments. Pls explain targeted therapy vs chemo. What are mets? If you stop treatment because of being benign. Can it returm elsewhere in your
Body. Sorry 345 am, got to run.

Scared2

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Hi @scared2. Treatment options can be overwhelming and are evolving quickly. This is why we all need good doctors that can recommend specific treatments for our types of cancer.
Targeted Therapies are oral medications that are specific to certain drivers of lung cancers. The meds edit the mutations for the genes to return them to 'normal', thus stopping the cancer growth. Your husband's doctors should run biomarker tests to determine if you qualify for a targeted therapy. The cancer types that do qualify are things like EGFR, KRAS, ALK, MEK, etc.
Chemo is hitting all the calls in the body in hopes of killing cancer cells. Targeted therapy is 'targeting' the DNA of the cells that are mutating out of control. It's amazing science, but it does not apply to all types of lung cancer.
When people refer to 'mets', they are talking about cancer that has metastasized to another part of the body. IE, my primary cancer and tumor is in my lung, but that cancer metastasized to my liver and lymph nodes. I have/had liver mets.
Try to get some sleep, it's important for the patient and caregiver too. I know that's easier said than done in some cases. Have you received information on what treatment he'll be having?

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I'm new to almost all the new
treatments. Pls explain targeted therapy vs chemo. What are mets? If you stop treatment because of being benign. Can it returm elsewhere in your
Body. Sorry 345 am, got to run.

Scared2

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