What is Iressa?

Gefitinib (INN, , trade name Iressa, marketed by AstraZeneca and Teva), is a drug used for certain breast, lung and other cancers. Gefitinib is an EGFR inhibitor, like erlotinib, which interrupts signaling through the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in target cells. Therefore, it is only effective in cancers with mutated and overactive EGFR.

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Hello. My mother (59y) was newly diagnosed an advanced NSCLC, Adenocarcinoma in Sept,2011.
She is on Iressa and positively responsing.
Meantime she...

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She may be given Cap. Esomeprazole 40mg before breakfast. Syp. sucralfate 2 tsf x thrice daily before meals. Also Tab. Itopride 50mg thrice daily...

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Hi, I'm from Singapore. Writing on behalf of husband 62yrs old with stage 4 NSCLC with bone metassis. He was on Iressa till 10 days ago which his...

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Hi Agnes,

Thank you for sharing with HCM the concerns of your husband.

Tarceva use is associated with bloating and poor appetite. So, can consult...

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Dear Doctor,
My friend's sister is 37 years old. She was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer last April 2011. She was given Iressa and she took 30...

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Since your friends sister is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer ans she is unable to take oral chemotherapy tablets Iressa that is Gefitinib in...

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