Tarceva , also known as erlotinib, is a form of anti-tumor medication used in the treatment of locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. This type of treatment is used after the failure of at least one other chemotherapy treatment and is taken orally, in the form of tablets.

Common side effects associated with this type of medication include burning, numbness or pain in the hands, arms, feet or legs. Coughing, diarrhea, fever and rash are also side effects related to the use of Tarceva . If you are experiencing more severe side effects such as fainting, difficulty breathing, severe chest pains or a fast heartbeat, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.

This type of drug may be combined with gemcitabine in order to treat cancer of the pancreas. Tarceva is occasionally prescribed for other purposes as well, as directed by your doctor.

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