Tuesday, January 11, 2011

FDA rejects Avastin as breast cancer therapy

(CNN) -- "The controversial drug Avastin should be phased out as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday, citing recent studies that show its benefits may be outweighed by dangerous side effects."

(Really? A chemotherapy drug that is more dangerous than it is helpful?! You don't say! Wow, that's something I've never heard of...)

"However, patients currently taking Avastin as part of their chemotherapy regimen will not immediately be affected, and "doctors should use their medical judgment on whether to continue" its use, said Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The announcement does not affect Avastin's status as an approved therapy for lung cancer, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer and brain cancer."

So what they are saying is, when your doctor gets around to finding a better, just as expensive alternative, he/she will switch your treatment protocol. And even though Avastin has "dangerous side effects" it will somehow help with these other cancers? Really?

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