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.
Not used. Really not used anymore since the company sponsored trial showed no benefit. Now tarceva (erlotinib) has essentially replaced iressa (gefitinib). If patients have a mutation in egfr (not kras), probably better than chemotherapy. There was a trial that did show a benefit after chemotherapy in patients with a mutation. Hope this helps.

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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...

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...
No cure but... ... It's likely you and your mother have gained several good months to share with one another. Until recently, we had nothing like iressa; these targeted therapies are remarkable. Read more...
It depends... ...On one's perception of "recovery" is. If the expectation from treatment is palliative or symptomatic relief, then she will recover. Breathing is an issue and so long as she breathes, that is a welcome progress. On the other hand, there is no "cure" for stage IV lung cancer. But, everyday she breathes well is a good day. Let us think positive especially when the negative is overwhelming. Read more...

Most effective chemotherapy agent for non small cell type 1 lung cancer?

Depends. Depends on the stage of the cancer-how far it has spread and on the patient's comorbidities-what other diseases are present. The oncologist can give you the best answer. If unhappy with it, get a 2nd opinion. Read more...
Vague question. Cancers are treated according to type and staging. Also consideration is given to the person's general health. I guess you have seen an oncologist who will advise you. There is no such thing as " most effective chemotherapy", your doctor and you will decide as a team which is the best for you. Read more...
Molecular map reqd. We know now that about 50% of non small cell lung cancers have a detectable mutation that has a targeted drug to that mutation. This means that the most effective drugs can be used efficiently and targetted to the specific tumor cell type. Mind you although 50% do not have drugs that are capable of targetting a specific mutation we still do know the mutations. There are molecular tests to use. Read more...

What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

Depends. Localized or extensive. Localized has a 5 year survival of around 30-40%. Extensive has much worse odds. Read more...
Depends on stage . Treated limited stage has a median survival over a year and have about 5% survivors at 5 years extensive stage has about 9 months of median survival. Read more...
>25 % In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly. Read more...

Is it possible to cure lung cancer without surgery or chemo?

Yes. Early stage lung cancer can be cured with surgery only (resection of the cancer). Read more...
Surgery Standard. Surgery is the standard of care for the treatment of stage i and ii lung cancer. Read more...
Likely yes, but wait. A lot depends on the size lack of nodes +, and location, but surgery is still the established treatment for this. Once nodes are involved, chemo is needed. Stereosotactic radiosurgery-srs can control 90+% of small lesions. Many focus on the equipment, controlling motion, but the consept is many beams focused on a target cancer delivering very high doses each day for 3-5 days. Get more info. Read more...