Iressa available for metastatic patients?


Question from LeapY: There was some news about gefitinib (brand name: Iressa) in the treatment of metastatic disease. Is this drug available to be prescribed to patients with metastasis who haven't had this drug yet?
Answers - Generosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P Gefitinib is an interesting drug that was thought to have great promise in a variety of cancers. It came on the market in the setting of advanced lung cancer and its activity was disappointing. It is commercially available, although I'm not sure how widely available it is because the supply has not really been supported. Despite the data presented at ASCO, I think it is a drug whose role in breast cancer is still not well defined.

On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2008 ASCO Annual MeetingGenerosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answered your questions about the latest research advances on screening, treatment, side effects, and more.

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