• Has anyone had Avastin chemo?

    Asked by Darlie on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Has anyone had Avastin chemo?

    What are side effects and precautions?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Avastin is not a chemotherapy drug although it can be administered concurrently with chemotherapy. It is an antiangiogenic agent. It works by stopping the formation of blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to tumors. This may slow the growth and spread of tumors. Chemotherapy drugs work by stopping cancerous cells from reproducing, thereby effectively killing the cells. All drugs have potential side effects. That doesn't mean you will have all of them or any of them. You can find a complete list of possible side effects at avastin.com

      over 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Avastin is a biotherapy with minimal side effects. It is a synthetic antibody that blocks an antigen receptor site. It will raise your blood pressure, and it is harsh on the kidneys. The chemical name is Bevcuzimab. Normally chemo or bio drugs ending in ab are antigen targeted antibodies. Nancy is correct, you should check out their website. Some people complain of muscle aches whereas others have no problem at all. Good luck, Carm.

      over 8 years ago
    • Darlie's Avatar

      Thank you for your input, have looked at the avastin site. Just wanted to know what side effects others were having? to see if my sympton are commn.and how they deal with it. Just finished 2nd round of chemo in 18months. I was never told that it would come back after I got first round . Was supposedly cancer free then 6 months later back.

      over 8 years ago
    • judyd's Avatar

      Just finished my first round of chemo, 8 cycles. treatment every 3 weeks. I started Avastin on the 6th cycle. I have received 5 total infusions. My blood pressure is up slightly. no headache. Some muscle ache. That is about it. Now if I can figure out how to over come the nueraphy in my feet so I can get back to work

      over 8 years ago

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