My mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma. She was having trouble breathing due to pleural fluid buildup. As per our oncologist's suggestion we have started Gemcitabine-Carboplatin chemotherapy before 10 days. The suggested course of treatment is six cycles of chemotherapy. As the test for EGFR mutations was not successful, the doctors did not suggest Erlotinib based treatment such as Tarceva. Can we switch to Erlotinib after two cycles of chemotherapy without knowing whether EGFR is positive or not?
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Biopsy was done twice, but the tissue sample was not adequate to do further studies. So, doctors suggested to just continuing with chemotherapy. What do you think of the GemCarbo chemotherapy? Will that be effective? What else can we do to improve life expectancy? Our doctors are giving 6 to 9 months. What do you say?
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