• Avastin

    Asked by Sylvc56 on Tuesday, September 13, 2016


    Hello everyone! Has anyone out there had Avastin as maintenance chemo? I'm interested to hear of side effects that were experienced. Thank you!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was given Avastin in combination with carboplatin and Alimta when I was first diagnosed. I had three or 4 sessions before I was put on maintenance Avastin for 3 or 4 sessions.

      I had reactions that I don't think most do. Just like when I was getting all 3 drugs, I was very sick (nausea, fatigue) during the first week of the infusion and felt progressively better in weeks two and three.

      My tumors responded to Avastin, but as soon as I was no longer getting the treatment, they took off again.

      I did not lose my hair. I did not get neuropathy.

      So, that's my experience, but I have read that many patients have an easy time with Avastin and it has been effective for them.

      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ewjelso's Avatar

      I was on maintenance Avastin for 10 mos before progression. The side effects I expierenced were fatigue, mostly on the day of infusion , dry mouth and sinuses and bleeding gums. Was afraid to go out to eat because any little pressure would sometimes set them off and start bleeding, so embarrassing! Biotene products did help a little. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • Sylvc56's Avatar

      Thank you both for the information. I will be starting Avastin & Xeloda combo this Friday. Hoping for a smooth ride

      over 3 years ago

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