• Restrictions While taking Avastin

    Asked by blackcamaros on Friday, April 12, 2013

    Restrictions While taking Avastin

    I have been told by my oncologist that I should not drive while on the Avastin treatments, because if I am in an accident, even it is not my fault, I will be sued for everything I own. I also asked about going to work, and the nurse flat out told me they will not write me a release back to work while I am on the Avastin.
    Has anyone else on Avastin had similar experiences, or know of an instance where someone was sued? I wouldn't even know where to look for such a legal precedent.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Well, I am an oncology nurse and that is a new one on me for Avastin. I can understand the driving restriction based on the nature of your malignancy and its location. Brain tumors tend to cause some seizure activity, and if you are on scheduled anti-convulsants and/or even a scheduled steroid, they can either make you drowsy or hallucinate. However, Knowing the nature of Avastins' mechanism of action, I can't make the leap to this drugs ability to impair you while driving. I will try to find out and update you. I have patients who drive and work everyday on Avastin. I will let you know my findings, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I have been on Avastin for over a year and have never heard of this restriction. Maybe based on your initial diagnosis as Carm says. There is no literature to support the claim.

      over 3 years ago
    • blackcamaros' Avatar

      Thank you Carm. I was hoping you would see my question, as I remember seeing you post to other people. :-)

      Actually, after my initial craniotomy and before I started chemo and radiation, I was driving, I was taking paperwork to the hospital weekly, and did not have any issues. I have also never had a seizure, much to the disbelievement of a couple of doctors. I still have a valid state drivers license with no restrictions. The oncologist I had when I did my initial Temodar and radiation, also suggested I don't drive. He said the same thing about being sued if I was in an accident, just because I had the scare on my head, they would know I had brain surgery, and that could be used against me and used as a reason to say I wasn't fit to drive. My current oncologist, even got a little irate with me the last time I brought up me driving, and said " I told you why you can't drive, and I have it in my notes that we talked about it." Which sounds to me like he is covering himself legally.

      I've read stories about people that left work for their radiation, and then went back and finished out their day. Yet, I was told specifically that I shouldn't drive.

      Thank you for the replies.

      over 3 years ago
    • blackcamaros' Avatar

      "Actually, the reason I was told I shouldn't drive was more for legal reasons, where both oncologists said that if I were in an accident, even if it wasn't my fault, I could be sued and loose everything I own, just because I had had brain surgery. Now my new oncologist says it is a legal issue because I am taking the Avastin. But he also said I could be sued and lose everything I own. So, I thought I'd post the question here and see if there were others that were told the same thing.

      over 3 years ago

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