Avastin Users Wanted for New Research Study

Fight Colorectal Cancer is partnering together with 23andme and Genentech to help researchers better understand if patients’ genes play a role in how they respond to treatments they receive for their colorectal cancer.  This provides patients a new opportunity to participate in genetics research. You…

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FDA Approves Avastin for New Second-Line Use

For patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new use of Avastin® (bevacizumab): It can be continued as part of ‘second-line’ combination therapy, even if it was used in first-line therapy. When stage IV cancer progresses despite use…

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Will Not Offer Zaltrap

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center made a very public announcement—and explanation—today in a New York Times op-ed about why they will not offer the new drug Zaltrap® (ziv-aflibercept) to its metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The authors, all world-renowned cancer specialists at the world’s oldest cancer center, in…

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Avastin Second-Line Treatment Improves Survival Time

Continuing Avastin into second-line chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer when tumors begin to grow larger or new tumors appear (progression) improves both survival time and the time until further progression according to Phase III clinical trial results that will be reported this Sunday morning, June…

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Fake Avastin Discovered in US

The Food and Drug Adminstration and Genentech have reported that counterfeit Avastin is being distributed in the United States. The counterfeit medicine does not contain bevacizumab, Avastin’s active ingredient. The packaging is different from genuine Avastin marketed here by Genentech. It includes a Roche logo…

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Avastin with XELIRI or FOLFIRI: Is There Any Difference?

When Avastin is added to the combination of Xeloda and irinotecan as an initial treatment for advanced colorectal cancer, the treatment is equally effective as Avastin with FOLFIRI. But side effects are more difficult. After a randomized clinical trial comparing Avastin with XELIRI (Xeloda, irinotecan)…

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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…

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FDA: Avastin Can Cause Ovarian Failure

The FDA has changed the package insert for Avastin® (bevacizumab) to include information about newly identified risks for the drug including Loss of ovarian function (ovarian failure). Bone death in the jaw (osteonecrosis). Bleeding and additional blood clots in patients who have already had a…

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Avastin Still Approved for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Yesterday’s recommendation by the FDA’s Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) that approval of Avastin for breast cancer be withdrawn will not affect colorectal cancer treatment. Avastin® (bevacizumab) remains on the market in the US and is FDA-approved  for advanced colon and rectal cancer in combination…

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Highlights from ASCO 2011

While there weren’t new blockbuster announcements for colorectal cancer this year at the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting, there was plenty of focus on making what we already have work better and on choosing the patients who will benefit the most from…

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