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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Erlotinib

There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is the more common type. Erlotinib (Tarceva®) is used in people with this condition whose disease has not spread or grown after four cycles of treatment with certain types of chemotherapy known as "platinum-based" chemotherapy (such as cisplatin or carboplatin). This is known as maintenance treatment.
People with non-small cell lung cancer whose disease has progressed or spread after treatment with at least one chemotherapy medication may also be prescribed erlotinib. This is known as second- or third-line treatment.
(Click What Is Erlotinib Used for? to read the full eMedTV article. This resource offers details on the other conditions that can be treated with this tyrosine kinase inhibitor and covers the age groups that can use it.)
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