A 47-year-old male asked:
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How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Average 2 - 4 wks: Varies from person to person, areas involved in radiation, total dose received. Nausea worse when food pipe (esophagus) is affected and mucositis develops. Nausea from radiation tend to get better as time goes by. There is no easy way to tell the cause of the nausea, sometimes both are contributing.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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