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I am sorry, i am not sure this is the right category to post this question. So, if this is really the wrong place, moderator please help me to move this thread. Thanks.

I have this friend, which i feel sorry about his dad getting lung cancer. I personally do not know how serious his dad is, I don't even know what is NSCLC & MESOTHELIOMA. His dad has been taking IRESSA gefitinib (I hope this gives you an idea how serious or at what stage he is), but it is not helping. Just got the news yesterday that his dad has gotten worst. I feel bad, that I have no knowledge in these, and I cannot provide much help to him. SO i decided to search for forum like this to get advice, which i ended up here.

Now, my friend has decide to give up on IRESSA gefitinib, and go back to Raintree N-Tense. They have been using Raintree N-Tense before they try IRESSA.

Please give me advice, if you need to know more details about his cancer, you can post the question here then i will ask my friend personally. Thanks.

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Hi Nullspirit,

Sorry to hear about your friends dad. Perfectly understandable how you feel. Is is a lot to take in. Please fill us in with more info. Hard to say what your friends’ dad’s stage is and offer advice. Take it one step and one day at a time. Stay positive and focused. Although Iressa may not have worked there are other options and treatments. Research as much as you can. Below are some websites to help you get stated. It is very hard to accept when a treatment does not work. I’m now on my forth line of (see my signature below) treatment. BUT it is very important to stay positive, keep trying and not get discouraged. Please tell your friend’s dad not give up. Also down the line a support group for lung cancer would help if possible. Stay with us, fill us in more and keep us posted. This is the best site with the best people for support, caring sharing and knowledge, Hope this helps. Peace, take care and God Bless.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/quer ... h&DB=books (NCBI / BookShelf)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... _id=&state (Caregiving)

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MON/MON_1.asp (Track Side Effects)

http://www3.cancer.gov/cancercenters/centerslist.html (NCI-designated Cancer Centers / Cancer Centers Listed by State)

http://www.healthology.com/focus_articl ... cancernews (How To Eat Well During Cancer Treatment)

http://www.lifeclinic.com/focus/nutrition/nutrition.asp (Nutrition Facts and Information Center)

http://www.about-nsclc.com/content/patient/nsclc (Iressa)

http://www.about-nsclc.com/content/prof/about (Iressa)

http://www.findcancerexperts.com (Find Cancer Experts)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Making Decisions About Cancer Treatment)

http://www.chemocare.com (ChemoCare)

http://www.curetoday.com/currentissue/d ... index.html (Toolbox: Resources You Can Use)

http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks8h.htm (Resources for Caregivers)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... sa&spell=1 (Medicaid)

http://www.thehealthinsurance.com/medicaid.htm (Medicaid)

http://www.thebeehive.org/health/contests/medicaid.asp (Medicaid)

http://www.lungcancerfyi.com/lung_cancer_faq.html ((Lung Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/treatme ... osurg.html (Surgery - General Information & What to Expect)

http://www.lungcancerfyi.com/lung_cancer_glossary.html (Lung Cancer Glossary)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Receive the PLWC Bulletin)

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/hos ... p_home.htm (Directory Of American Hospitals)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/tests/index.html (Lung Cancer Online / Test And Procedures)

http://www.vh.org/adult/patient/cancerc ... index.html (Understanding Blood Tests / A Guide for Patients with Cancer)

http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/tr ... ng/patient (SCLC)

http://www.meds.com/pdq/smallcell_pat.html (Medicine OnLine / SCLG)

http://health.allrefer.com/health/prima ... -info.html (Diseases And Conditions / SCLC)

http://www.hospicefoundation.org (Hospice Foundation Of America)

http://www.hospiceweb.com (Hospice Web)

http://www.hospice-america.org/consumer.html (Hospice Association Of America)

http://www.hospicenet.org (Hospice Net)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 151,00.asp (PLWC Feature: Talking to Someone With Cancer)

http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/ ... 87526.html (3-year-old keeps her smile in battle with rare cancer)

http://www.rfalung.com (Radio Frequency Ablation Of Lung Cancer)

http://www.lungcancercoalition.org (Global Lung Cancer Coalition)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (PLWC Feature: Financial Support Resources)

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/nycu/healt ... hqcanc.htm (Best Hospitals)

https://www.alcase.org/advocacy/sign_the_petition.html (Advocacy /Sign the Petition)

http://www.cancersymptoms.org (Oncology Nursing Society)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Questions to Ask the Doctor)

http://www.alcase.org/education/publica ... reath.html (With Every Breath A Lung Cancer Guidebook / From ALCASE / A Wealth Of Information / Free)

http://www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org (The Cancer Survival Toolbox / Free / From NCCS)

http://www.centerwatch.com (Clinical Trails Listing Service / Center Watch)

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&editi ... ung+cancer (Lung Cancer In The News)

http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/pro ... /guide.asp (The Wellness Community / National Cancer Support, Education And Support / Free)

http://www.drugs.com (Drug Information Online)

http://www.alcase.org (ALCASE / Alliance For Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, Education)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov (Unites States / National Library Of Medicine)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html (Health Information / Medical Encyclopedia)

http://www.google.com (Great Search Engine)

http://blochcancer.org (R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc. / Please read: A Letter to all newly diagnosed cancer patients)

http://www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society)

http://www.cancer.gov (Cancer Information Service / NCI)

http://www.cancerresearchcenter.org (Cancer Research Center)

http://www.aicr.org (American Institute for Cancer Research; Nutrition Hotline / AICR)

http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org (Cancer Hope Network)

http://www.acor.org (Association of Cancer Online Resources / Free Online Lifeline For Everyone Affected By Cancer & Related Disorders)

http://www.meds.com/lung/lunginfo.html (Lung Cancer Information Library)

http://www.lungusa.org (American Lung Association)

http://www.ama-assn.org (American Medical Association)

http://www.docguide.com/news/content.ns ... g%20Cancer (Doctor’s Guide / Lung Cancer)

http://www.healthfinder.gov/Scripts/Sea ... ?topic=506 (Healthfinder)

http://www.medicinenet.com/Lung_Cancer/article.htm (Medicine Net)

http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks2l.htm (Cancer Index / Lung Cancer Resources Directory)

http://www.nfcr.org/site/PageServer?pag ... ncers_lung (National Foundation For Cancer Research)

http://www.patientadvocate.org (Patient Advocate Foundation)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/effects ... fects.html (Lung Cancer Online / Hematologic (Blood) Effects)

http://www.cancerlinks.org/lung.html (Lung Cancer Links)

http://www.cancer-free.com (Cancer Free Connections)

http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/C ... ung_cancer (Health Insite)

http://www.lungcancerclaims.com (Lung Cancer / Lung Cancer Information Page)

http://www.cancerlifecenter.com/engine. ... =dictionar (Cancer Life Center/ Cancer Dictionary)

http://www.canceryellowpages.com/Resour ... G%20CANCER (Cancer yellow Pages)

http://icare.org (ICARE / The International Cancer Alliance)

http://www.vh.org/index.html (Virtual Hospital)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/support/financial.html (Lung Cancer Online / Financial, Legal & Insurance Issues)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/index.htm (Lung Cancer Online / HomePage)

http://cancernews.healthology.com/focus ... cancernews (Cancer News)

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1. We do not have enough information to provide any ideas on what your friend's father should do. He should be talking to his doctors.

2. Raintree N'Tense is not a straight line therapy. May I ask if you sell that product?

ginnyde, i do not sell that product. Medicine stuffs are way out of my field, and I am just an IT guy. By the way, if I have not heard wrongly, his doctor dunno what can be done. That's why i am helping him searching on the net. He doesn't know this anyway.

dadstimeon, thanks. i will visit all the site you posted and try to digest as much as possible. Thanks for the encouragement. :) The most i worry for him is money, he has to spend RM6400/month (approximately 6 months salary for a normal employee) on IRESSA. dadstimeon, reading your sigs, I can see you have try quite some number of treatments. I hope my friend's dad still got the time. dadstimeone, all the best to you!! :D

At the mean time, I have contacted my friend thru messenger to provide me with more details on his dad's illness. Still waiting for his reply. When I got the info, i will update this thread.


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In the us you can search www.clinicaltrials.com

Since you are in malaysia (I think),


Usually if it is later stages chemo is given. SCLC responds better than NSCLC. Does he have SCLC or NSCLC? What is the stage?

What treatments besides Iressa?

Chemotherapy, radiation and newer treatments are being used to treat lung cancer.

Chemotherapy used for lung cancer

http://www.oncologychannel.com/lungcanc ... rapy.shtml

Newer chemo

1) Alimta

2) docetaxel

3) xyotax (ct-2103)

Other experimental treatments

1) captopril

2) S-3304

3) BB-10901

4) CC-779

5) Bortezomib

6) Bevacizumab

7) STA-4783

and many more trials in the USA

photodynamic therapy

vaccines (GVAX, hyper acute lung vaccine)

genetic therapy

monoclonal antibodies (cetuximab)

Anti-angiogenesis treatments (copper reduction, thalidamide, avastin,


COX2 inhibitors

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