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Iressa news

Posts: 4
Joined: Sep 2002

My husband, Tom, will begin Iressa next Tues., Oct. 1. He has Stage IV lung cancer and has been through 4 rounds of Taxol and Carboplatin. He had a CAT scan after the 3rd round and his tumors have stabilized. He is getting Iressa through the Veterans Hospital in San Francisco (he was in the service). He has been pain free since the 1st round of chemo but now complains of a new pain in his left shoulder. We are aware that Iressa has only a 20% success rate but we are hoping that he will be in the 20%. Iressa is not approved by the FDA as yet; therefore this is a clinical trial.

Posts: 21
Joined: Jul 2002

I'm sorry to hear about your husband, Tom. What type of lung cancer does he have? My husband has extensive stage small cell cancer. We are also in San Francisco. Regarding Iressa, I heard that it had been pulled, but I could be wrong. I also have heard that it has had some good responses. If you'd like to communicate, my email address is delligatti@jps.net
With best wishes,

Posts: 14
Joined: May 2002

Hi Ann -
My name is Tom and I am in RI and am Stage 4 Lung cancer. Saw your reply to Ingrid and want you to know that I started Iressa under "compassionate use" and am in my 16th day. So far, so good.
Iressa was approved by a ote of 11 to 3 by the Oncology Comm of the FDA on Sept 24th, so it should be fully approved soon.

I'm at xxtomo@aol.com if you want to talk.
Tom O

Posts: 6
Joined: Jan 2003

My husband is 68 and has been on Iressa for 7 mos. Would like to talk to someone who has been on it as long, or longer, about side effects. Also open for discussion on anything else you would like to talk about relating to Iressa and non-small cell lung cancer.
Our email address is svpat@sbcglobal.net

Posts: 14
Joined: May 2002

Ny name is Tom and I am Stage 4 Lung Cancer and have had Taxol, Gemzar, Taxotere, and Navelbene forms of chemo. I am a Vietnam Vet, but got Iressa through the "compassionate use" program through a local Oncologist. I "popped" the first pill this morning. I also have pain in the left sholder, something like bercitus. Maybe we should talk.

My direct email in Rhode Island is xxtomo@aol.com. Good Luck.

Tom O

Posts: 50
Joined: Apr 2002

Please keep us posted.Let us know how things are going, thanks Bobz1

Posts: 14
Joined: May 2002

Hi Bob -
From this bulletin board it is hard to tell who you are asking for info from, but I am in RI and am in my 16th on Iressa and so far ,so good. If you want to talk you can email me directly at xxtomo@aol.com

Tom O

Posts: 14
Joined: May 2002

My name is Tom and I replied to your original message right after it was posted, but didn't hear back from you. I've also started Iressa and am on the 12th day - so far, so good.

I think it would be a good idea for all Iressa users out there to start a little chat to compare notes. What do you think.

Tom in Rhode Island at xxtomo@aol.com

Posts: 15
Joined: Aug 2000

iressa works, it is now available. it gave me 10 months. do not let FDAapproval limit your search for a cure. only the MD'S are limited try all herbal options- good luck

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