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 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 reaction, which may 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
  • Excessive sweating

When do I receive Avastin?

Depending on the type of chemotherapy you're on, Avastin is given every 2 or 3 weeks. Avastin can be scheduled on the same day you get your chemotherapy.

When do I receive Avastin for advanced (stage III or IV) ovarian cancer?

For women with advanced ovarian cancer, Avastin is given every 3 weeks. Avastin can be scheduled on the same day you get your carboplatin and paclitaxel (chemotherapy).

 

When do I receive Avastin for platinum-sensitive cancer?

For women with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, Avastin is given every 3 weeks. Avastin can be scheduled on the same day you get your chemotherapy. 

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When do I receive Avastin for platinum-resistant cancer?

Depending on the type of chemotherapy you're on, Avastin is given every 2 or 3 weeks. Avastin can be scheduled on the same day you get your chemotherapy.

If used with weekly paclitaxel, PLD, or weekly topotecan:

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If used with topotecan every 3 weeks

How long do my Avastin infusions take?

You always get the same dose of Avastin. If your Avastin infusions are tolerated, they can take as little as 30 minutes.

Avastin infusion time progression infographic

Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of infusion 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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