New drug offers hope for those with lung cancer

June 2, 2003

Clinicians can now offer their patients the first targeted oral therapy to be approved for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The FDA recently approved gefitinib (Iressa, AstraZeneca) as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC after failure of both platinum-based and docetaxel chemotherapies. Gefitinib was reviewed and approved under the Agency?s accelerated approval program. The drug is currently available in pharmacies.