An Expanded Access Programme With Iressa for Patients With Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer and Cancer of the Head and Neck

Official Title: 
An International Expanded Access Clinical Programme With ZD1839 (IRESSA) for Patients With Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer(NSCLC) and Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic or Both Recurrent and Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (H&NC)
Brief Summary: 
The purpose of this study is to provide ZD1839 for those patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic non-operable non-small cell lung cancer (stage III or IV) or recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell head and neck cancer who receive the therapy on an expanded access basis due to their inability to meet eligibility criteria for on-going recruiting trials, inability to participate in other clinical trials (e.g., poor performance status, lack of geographic proximity), or because other medical interventions are not considered appropriate or acceptable.
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EA Type
Individual Patients
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer, Cancer of the Head and Neck

Drug: ZD1839
250mg administered daily for patients with NSCLC and500mg daily for patients with H&NC. Treatment dispensed to patients on Day 1 and every 12 weeks thereafter until the patient withdraws. Patients with NSCLC will take one tablet at each dose administration; patients with squamous cell H&NC will take two tablets at each dose administration.
Other Name: Iressa

Eligibility Criteria: 

Inclusion Criteria:

- Have received at least one course of standard systemic chemotherapy or radiation therapy

- Are ineligible for chemotherapy or radiotherapy

- Are ineligible or not candidates for enrollment in available ZD1839 trials for NSCLC or squamous cell H&NC

- Are, in the investigators opinion, not medically suitable for chemotherapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Current eligibility (i.e., meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria except signed informed consent) for any ZD1839 protocol available to the patient, or previous enrollment in a blinded ZD1839 protocol

- Patients from a blinded protocol may be considered for acceptance, with AstraZeneca's permission, only after trial completion and unblinding of all patients.

- Patients eligible for or previously enrolled in an open-label or unblinded ZD1839 clinical trial may be considered for acceptance with AstraZeneca's permission

- Incomplete healing from prior oncologic or other major surgery

Eligibility Gender: 
Eligibility Age: 
Minimum: 18 Years
Maximum: 130 Years
Germany, Hungary, Poland, United Kingdom

Yuri Rukazenkov
Study Director

EA Number: 
MeSH Terms: 
Lung Neoplasms, Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Gefitinib
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