Combining ERBITUX with radiation therapy (RT) may offer you a chance to live longer.
Median overall survival
Half of the patients on ERBITUX with RT were still alive at 4.1 years compared to 2.4 years with RT alone, which is an improvement of about 1.6 years.
SELECT SAFETY INFORMATION
ERBITUX can cause skin problems including an acne-like rash, skin drying and cracking, infections (including infections of the blood, skin, eyes, and lips), swelling of the base of the nails or loss of the nails, inflammation of the eye or eyelid, decreased vision and abnormal hair growth. These symptoms were seen in several clinical trials for colorectal cancer and head and neck cancer with ERBITUX.
- Sun exposure may worsen these effects. Patients taking ERBITUX should wear sunscreen and hats to limit sun exposure during treatment and for 2 months after the last dose of ERBITUX.
- Severe reactions with symptoms of rash; blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes, and genitals; and shedding of the skin have been seen in patients treated with ERBITUX. These reactions may be life-threatening and possibly lead to death. It is not clear if these reactions are related to the way ERBITUX works or to an immune response, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis. Your doctor may withhold, reduce dose or discontinue ERBITUX based on the severity of these symptoms.
- Notify your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms while receiving ERBITUX.
5-year survival rate
45.6% of people who received ERBITUX with RT were alive 5 years after they started treatment compared to 36.4% of people treated with RT alone.
ERBITUX with radiation therapy (RT) may help keep your cancer under control longer
Median duration of locoregional control
Half of the patients on ERBITUX with RT did not have their cancer grow or spread, come back, or die for 2.0 years compared to 1.2 years with RT alone (median duration of locoregional control).
The safety and effectiveness for ERBITUX with RT are different for everyone. Individual results may vary. Your doctor is the best person to talk to about ERBITUX, what it may offer, and whether it’s the right option for you.