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Dr. Warren Foster
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Gefitinib (Overview)

Gefitinib is a cancer agent.


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What are gefitinib side-effects?

What are gefitinib side-effects?

Fewer than with: Erlotinib, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor that replaced it. The scary risk was , 1% incidence of pneumonitis mostly in asians, mild diarrhea (more harsh with erlotinib), skin acne-like reactions, eye lid and nail bed problems. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
10 doctors shared insights

Gefitinib (Overview)

Gefitinib is a cancer agent.


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Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

I dont think so: Iressa is a brand/trade name of gefitinib. There is no significant difference between gefitinib and iressa- besides the fact that gefitinib is the generic of iressa. ...Read more

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Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

I dont think so: Iressa is a brand/trade name of gefitinib. There is no significant difference between gefitinib and iressa- besides the fact that gefitinib is the generic of iressa. ...Read more

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What are gefitinib side-effects?

Fewer than with: Erlotinib, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor that replaced it. The scary risk was , 1% incidence of pneumonitis mostly in asians, mild diarrhea (more harsh with erlotinib), skin acne-like reactions, eye lid and nail bed problems. ...Read more

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Can gefitinib help suppress cancer?

Can gefitinib  help suppress cancer?

Yes if: Yes in appropriate setting- adenocarcinoma of the lung with a positive egfr mutation- especially if you are nonsmoker, asian, woman. Please discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Are the cancer drugs, gefitinib and tarceva available?

While gefitinib was: Developed first, it is hard to find in america (iressa). Erlotinib (tarceva) has more side effects, but a trial showed a survival advantage. Probably more related to the characteristics of the study participants than the drug. These are small molecule, tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the erb family of receptors. Canada and europe has iressa. Erlotinib is in us. ...Read more

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How effective is gefitinib (Iressa) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is gefitinib (Iressa) for treating lung cancer?

Iressa: Iressa is beneficial for " treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer after failure of both platinum-based and docetaxel chemotherapies " See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=827d60e8-7e07-41b7-c28b-49ef1c4a5a41 ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Iressa (Definition)

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