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Posted by rosilita on July 09, 2000 at 19:45:24:

In Reply to: Cancer Trials with EGFR posted by kim Baubie on July 09, 2000 at 15:18:38:

: I am writting behalf of my husband who has non-small cell lung cancer stageIV. It has metastisized. He has been through 7 mos. of gemczar and navelbine chemo and 1 month of taxotere chemotherapy. His physicians have indicated that he would be a good canidate for ZD1839. We are having difficulty locating a clinical trial that is using this drug. We are desperately looking into the concept of compassionate pleas where a patient can get the drugs outside the confones of a clinical trial. Time is of the essence. We would greatly appreciate any advice. Thank you.
that drug is also called iressa. i don't think its registered with the national cancer institue, but they should be able to give you the phone number to the company to inquire about it. the company is astrazeneca. you can look them up on the internet by searching with astrazeneca and their sites will come up. go into the u.s. site, and into the news archives and you can read about it. i'm sorry to say i use to have their phone number, but don't have it any longer. wha'ts nice about the therapy is it just involves taking a pill, there are other similar therapies all aimed at non-small cell. you should be able to get the general company phone number that will tell you if they are still signing people up. if they are they will give you another number your doctor can call and see if he fits the qualifications. if he dosen't post again and tell me what part of the country you live in and i'll tell you of other similar therapies.

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