Tykerb is prescribed with the chemotherapy medication Xeloda or with the hormonal therapy medicine Femara. All three medicines are pills that are taken orally.
You can take Tykerb indefinitely in order to keep the cancer under control. Your doctor would only stop you from taking Tykerb if the cancer stopped responding to it or if you experience any severe side effects.
If your doctor decides to prescribe Tykerb, you may be eligible to enroll in the Patient Assistance Foundation, sponsored by Novartis (the maker of Tykerb). For more information, you can also call 1-800-277-2254.