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My girlfriend was dx in sept with nsclc stage3 I think. She had hodkins in 1979 and had chemo and radiation. In 1999 she was dx with pulminary fibrosis and put on oxigen. She is now on a ventilator in a nursing rehab. She was put on a ventilator when they did biopsy on mass in center of chest. They said she could not have radiation because she had it in 1979. They said no chemo because she could not fight off infection on vent. One oncolgist gave her Irressa and it stopped tumor from growing after 30 days of treatment. Because she is on the ventilator she has to be transported in a ambulance and not to many Doc's come to nursing rehab.

Can Irressa still shrink tumor even know it stopped growth in 1st month? If it does then her breathing should improve and maybe she can get off ventilator and have access to other treatments.

Just my first post and would like any replies with any type of help.

Thank you all for your time and kindness, Steve

p.s. do they have spell check here

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Steve,

Welcome to the best place for support and knowledge. I really don't have answers to your questions, but I do know that we have many people here that are keeping lc at bay due to Iressa. When it works, it works miracles.

Again, wish you didn't have to be here but welcome.

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Welcome Steve. Boy this would be a great question to put under "Ask the Experts" When Oncodoc is back he'll catch up on his questions and give an expert answer. Keep us posted . Donna G

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Steve,as mentioned above there are several members here that are keeping the cancer stable with Iressa.I'm not sure about shrinkage tho.I wanted to welcome you to our site.you will find lots of knowing and caring people here.Hoping that Iressa does the job for your girlfriend.

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Steve -

My Mom has been on Iressa since June and has kept her primary lung tumor stable and she has had shrinkage in the infectected lymph nodes. Her onc was very surprised at the shrinkage but hey we'll take what we can get. I hope this proves to be sucessful for your girlfriend as well. You may PM me if you have any additional questions.

Welcome to our family!

Much Love,

Amy

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Steve,

My husband has been on Iressa since June, and with Iressa in combination with Zometa for his bones, his cancer has been stable since then. He did have one small liver met that showed a little shrinkage (maybe 2mm) after starting Iressa, so on the last scans (Sept.), the liver met was very small. Lung tumor, bone and brain mets are all about the same, but, FORTUNATELY, there has been no new growth, and he is doing well.

Peggy

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Welcome to the website, Steve. My wife has Stage IV NSCLC and has survived now 26 months and still going, so hang in there with the hope. My wife was allergic to Iressa so can't comment on that question. I would expect it to cause shrinkage of the tumor if it is working. Don

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Hi Steve,

I'm sorry that I can't answer any of your questions, but I wanted to welcome you to the group. Sorry you have to be here, but know that you have found a wonderful group to be with . The only thing I can offer you right now is to keep you and your girlfriend in my prayers. I hope you find the answers you are looking for .

sue

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