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:
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.
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).
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.
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:
If used with topotecan every 3 weeks:
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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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).
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:
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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.
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