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More Evidence Links Avastin to Heart Failure in Breast Cancer Patients
Date:1/4/2011

he FDA's unusual move in December.

Avastin, made by Genentech, is also approved to treat colorectal cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer, high-grade gliomas (brain tumors) and kidney cell cancer. The recent FDA action does not affect these uses.

The study authors suggested that breast cancer patients might be more susceptible to side effects from Avastin than some other cancer patients because of prior or simultaneous use of other cardiotoxic drugs.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on Avastin.

SOURCES: William Abraham, M.D., director, division of cardiovascular medicine, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio; Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge, La.; Jan. 4, 2011, Journal of Clinical Oncology, online


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