As the caregiver, you are a vital member of your friend or family member's health care team.
Here are a few tips to help you and your loved one:
By understanding when Avastin is given, you can help keep your friend or family member's treatment on track.
As the caregiver, you're an important part of the health care team. Here's information to help you give your friend or family member the most effective care you can.
Cancer changes the patient's life, your life, and the lives of family members. As a caregiver, you should talk with your friend or family member about these changes. Here are a few tips for creating a healthy dialogue:
It can be difficult to tell children what's happened to mom or dad. But it's important to be truthful and speak openly about cancer at an age-appropriate level. Let them know that it's okay to be upset, angry, or scared. Listen to them and be sure to make time for your children in any way you can.
Remember, support can come in different ways. You may find support through a friend, online, or from a professional organization. Here are some places to start your search for support:
Provides free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information, referral, and direct financial assistance.
Visit www.cancercare.org or call 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673).
Educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for those who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability.
Visit http://caregiveraction.org/ or call 1-202-454-3970.
Questions about Avastin treatment costs? Let us help you understand your financial assistance options.
Avastin is a tumor-starving therapy. Read more about how it's designed to work.
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Avastin is approved to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) for:
Avastin is not approved for use after surgery was used as the primary treatment in patients with colon cancer which has not spread to other parts of the body.
Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, is approved to treat advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in people who have not received chemotherapy for their advanced disease.
Avastin is approved to treat glioblastoma (GBM) in adult patients whose cancer has progressed after prior treatment (recurrent or rGBM).
Avastin, used with interferon alfa, is approved to treat metastatic kidney cancer (mRCC).
Avastin, in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan, is approved to treat persistent, recurrent, or metastatic cancer of the cervix.
Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by Avastin alone, is used for the treatment of patients with advanced (Stage III or IV) epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer following initial surgery.
Avastin, in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin or topotecan, is approved to treat platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer (prOC) in women who received no more than two prior chemotherapy treatments.
Avastin, either in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel or with carboplatin and gemcitabine, followed by Avastin alone, is approved for the treatment of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (psOC).
Avastin, in combination with atezolizumab, is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received prior systemic therapy.
Everyone reacts differently to Avastin therapy. So, it's important to know what the side effects are. Although some people may have a life-threatening side effect, most do not. Your doctor will stop treatment if any serious side effects occur. Be sure to contact your health care team if there are any signs of these side effects.
In clinical studies across different types of cancer, some patients experienced the following side effects:
Talk to your doctor if you are:
For more information about your treatment or condition, talk to your doctor.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
Please see full Product Information for additional important safety information.
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