Avastin: The Side Effects Of Ovarian Cancer

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Cancer does not discriminate, weather you are white, black, young, old, rich, poor, man or women, it affects everyone and threatens anyone. Even with all the modern advances in medicine, cancer is still a battle however new research and new medications constantly being tested gives us hope. Hope that people like my grandmother, who passed away from ovarian cancer never dreamed. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer in the United States.
“FDA approved bevacizumab solution for intravenous infusion (Avastin) in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, or topotecan, for treatment of patients with platinum-resistant recurrent epithelian ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer”,
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It is usually given once every two or three weeks. The first two infusions are given slowly- the first one over 90 minutes and the second over 60 minutes. After this the infusions take 30 minutes. Each person’s reaction to cancer treatment is different. Some people have very few side effects while others may experience more. The drug is often used in combination with chemotherapy, so you will have also side effects from chemotherapy. The following side effects are those caused by Avastin. First of all, you will have effects related to infusion reactions, these may occur during the infusion or for up to 24 hours afterwards however they may occur days or weeks later. Reactions are more likely to occur the first or second infusion, so these infusions are given more slowly to reduce the chance of a reaction. During the infusion close monitoring by the nurse or doctor is necessary. They will assess for flu-like symptoms, such as feeling flushed, having a fever, chills, red, warm and itchy bumps, breathlessness, wheezing, a cough or sudden difficulty breathing. Patients are also thought sign and symptoms to monitor and when to contact the hospital, hours after the …show more content…
There are several Boxed warning, for instance: gastrointestinal perforations and fistulae, surgery and wound healing complications, hemorrhage.
Avastin can also cause an increase in blood pressure in some people, therefore its’s essential to teach patients to have their blood pressure checked regularly during treatment and to be aware of signs and symptoms that may indicate hypertension, such as headaches, nosebleeds or feeling dizzy.
Patients may also have an increase in blood clots in veins or arteries, close monitor of swelling, pain, redness or warmth in an arms or legs is

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