Hi i was just wondering if anyone has any info on the drug Tarceva my dad is on 150mg a ady this is his 4th day i have given him 0.5g of dca for 2 days but today he seems really poorly he thinks its the DCA but i think its the Tarceva as he has only had 1g in 2 days any thoughts ? kind regards
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0.5 grams of DCA is way too low to cause any side effect. Tarceva mighte cause a number of side effects, but usually is a well tolerated drug compared to chemos and rad. http://www.tarceva.com/patient/taking/effects.jsp Could you please discribe the problems your dad faces now?
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Hi yes its all the signs from the Tarceva feeling sick clammy to touch and also short off breath abit more than usuall, he thinks its the dca iv tryed telling him its the 150mg Tarceva and even read out the side effects from the info sheet but he a very stuburn chap and wont have none of it im so scarred and feel like im fighting a loseing battle he is avin palletive radio tomorrow which can also make him feel bad thanku for answering me much appreciated
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I understand the problem. My sister had been taking DCA at high doses (25-45 mg/Kg) for almost all the 3 years she survided the desease after dx, without any side effects. I've also followed many cases of patient self treated with DCA and the only possible side effect is neuropathy wich is reversable and can be fixed with B1 and Alpha Lipoic Acid supplemantation.
From my experience, 0,5 gr of DCA is too low to help your dad. The recomented dose is 25 mg/Kg or higher if he can tolerate (1,5gr for 60 Kg person).
I would also suggest to add antabus (disulfiram) at 250mg/day. It is a well tolerated drug that stops tumor angiogenesis and reduces tumor defence during treatment. Maria had a good respnse to this one, and I have read good comments for a variety of patients with different cancers. I am not sure about you dada's case, but will be no harm trying it. He has to completely avoid any kind of alcohol while on disulfiram.
With my warmest wishes to you and your dad, Dimitris
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Thankyou for your input dad has had his first palletive Radio today so we going to start the dca after he is aving this for 14 days so fingers and toes crossed i will get that drug which you say is helpful thanku