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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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? ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Iressa (gefitinib)?

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

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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. ...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 (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 ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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 (erlotinib) available?

Are the cancer drugs, gefitinib and tarceva (erlotinib) available?

While gefitinib was: Developed first, it is hard to find in america (iressa (gefitinib)). 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 (gefitinib). Erlotinib is in us. ...Read more

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Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! S/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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