Avastin® (bevacizumab) is given as an infusion. That means you get Avastin through a small needle in your vein or through a port, which is a device placed under your skin.
Because Avastin is given as an infusion, infusion-related reactions may occur. Avastin infusions will be stopped by your doctor or nurse if infusion reactions are severe.
Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of an infusion-related reaction, which may include:
Avastin is given every 3 weeks to treat your advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer. Because Avastin can be scheduled on the same day you get your carboplatin and paclitaxel (chemotherapy), it may not require extra visits to an infusion center.
You always get the same dose of Avastin. If your Avastin infusions are tolerated, they can take as little as 30 minutes.
Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of infusion-related reactions, and may stop Avastin treatment if severe reactions occur. Reactions can include high blood pressure or severe high blood pressure that may lead to stroke, trouble breathing, decreased oxygen in red blood cells, a serious allergic reaction, chest pain, headache, tremors, and excessive sweating.
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