Posted by J. Breil
on May 31, 2000 at 20:16:21:
In Reply to: ZD1839 (aka Iressa) Clinical Trials posted by Mary on May 22, 2000 at 16:41:54:
An excellent source for the type of information that you are seeking is the Angiogenysis Society.
Go to their web site at angio.org.
They have an excellent resource book that you can obtain when you join. It is a non-profit group that focuses on a new and potentially exciting area for cancer treatment.
: I am writing on behalf of a family member who has non-small cell lung cancer, Stage IV. It is in both lungs and has metastisized to the lymph nodes in the Mediatstynum. His physician has indicated that he is an ideal candidate for ZD1839. He tests positive for EGF (epidermal growth factor), which bodes well for his responding well to this drug. The problem is that time is of the essence, and the next trials (phase III) aren't to begin for at least a couple of months. We are desperately looking into the concept of compassionate pleas where a patient can get the drugs outside the confines of a clinical trial when time is of the essence. It is our understanding that one must write directly to the drug company for this. We are trying to find out how does one go about getting such a thing? Exactly who do we write at AstraZeneca? Should we phone? Should the physician write as well?
: If anyone can offer any assistance at all in this matter, we would be deeply grateful.
: Thank you.