Posted from: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:10 PM - Present

Avastin Approved to Treat Ovarian Cancer

November 14, 2014 – Genentech’s Avastin® (bevacizumab) is now FDA-approved for an expanded indication to treat women with platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer.  Avastin is an infused biologic drug known as an angiogenesis inhibitor; it helps prevent tumor blood vessel formation and is also approved for use in the treatment of colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, non-small cell lung cancer, renal cell carcinoma and cervical cancer.

FDA approval was based on a clinical trial that showed patients treated with Avastin plus chemotherapy reduced the risk of disease worsening by 62%, as compared to those treated with only chemotherapy (6.8 months versus 3.4 months).  It is estimated that 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the U.S.

 

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