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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Iressa (Overview)

Iressa is a cancer agent.


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Can I get cheap iressa (gefitinib)?

Can I get cheap iressa (gefitinib)?

International?: Faulty trials sullied gefitinib that was approved. Survival in nsclc appeared better with erlotinib, but population differences were different, likely accounting for the effect rather than the drugs. Fda & pharma caution you not to look abroad. Caveat emptor. Canada?

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Iressa (Overview)

Iressa is a cancer agent.


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How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

Only if. .: Gefitinib will only work if there is a egfr mutation detected on the cancer. It will not be effective if there is no egfr mutation detected.

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How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

Experimetnal to: Find out. Gefitinib (i) has few side effects: rash as an egfr tyrosine kinase blocker. Primary brain tumors express a variant egfr which may predicate its combination. The adverse effects are likely to be from the XRT not iressa (gefitinib).

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Can I get cheap iressa (gefitinib)?

International?: Faulty trials sullied gefitinib that was approved. Survival in nsclc appeared better with erlotinib, but population differences were different, likely accounting for the effect rather than the drugs. Fda & pharma caution you not to look abroad. Caveat emptor. Canada?

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Who should not use Iressa (gefitinib)?

Iressa (gefitinib): "IRESSA is contraindicated in patients with severe hypersensitivity to gefitinib or to any other component of IRESSA." See: http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/drugInfo. Cfm? Setid=827d60e8-7e07-41b7-c28b-49ef1c4a5a41

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What kind of drug is Iressa (gefitinib)?

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is a selective inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor's (EGFR). It is used to treat cancer.

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Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

I don't 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.

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Can pregnant women use Iressa (gefitinib)?

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is FDA Pregnancy Category D - Positive evidence of risk.

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Sister is so weak. Do you think take iressa (gefitinib) can help her sit up?

Gefitinib/Iressa: May work quite well if she has the egfr mutation codon 19, 21. More likely in women, non-smoker, asian. Iressa (gefitinib) has low adverse effects, but unlikely to work in those not fitting above description. Sorry for your sister's plight.

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

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

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) 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

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How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

Experimetnal to: Find out. Gefitinib (i) has few side effects: rash as an egfr tyrosine kinase blocker. Primary brain tumors express a variant egfr which may predicate its combination. The adverse effects are likely to be from the XRT not iressa (gefitinib).

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How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

Only if. .: Gefitinib will only work if there is a egfr mutation detected on the cancer. It will not be effective if there is no egfr mutation detected.

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Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Targeted therapy: Newer targeted therapy agents can be quite beneficial for some patients with lung cancer. This is especially true in female never smokers who may have selected mutations that can be easily targeted with these drugs. However, unfortunately stage IV lung cancer is not curable.

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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.

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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