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Posted by angie on October 06, 2000 at 04:41:54:

In Reply to: Re: ZD1839 (aka Iressa) Clinical Trials posted by donna swanson on July 09, 2000 at 18:28:09:

My husband was recently diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer. You may want to contact Sloan Kettering Cancer center for more information about Iressa. He has had to stop the test, due to adverse side effects. Rashes, postules, nose and throat bleeding. Hope this helps you.
: : I would like to know if you had any success in locating help in this situation. I have a relative in the same situation and am desperate to obtain this drug for him. Please respond if possible.
: : : Hello,

: : : 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.

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