FDA Avastin Breast Cancer Decision Doesn’t Impact Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Although FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced a final decision on November 18 to drop breast cancer from the Avastin label, metastatic colorectal cancer continues to be an approved use.

The Avastin® (bevacizumab) label includes the following approved indication:

Metastatic colorectal cancer, with intravenous 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy for first- or second-line treatment.

It is important to know that there is currently no approval or evidence for using Avastin alone or in early stage colon or rectal cancer.

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