How It Works
Bevacizumab belongs to a group of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. It blocks a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that helps cancer cells grow and multiply. Bevacizumab inhibits the ability of the cancer to form and grow new blood vessels. Bevacizumab is an intravenous (IV) drug.
Why It Is Used
Bevacizumab is used to treat cancer, including colorectal and lung cancers. It is also used for brain tumors and kidney cancer. Bevacizumab may be used to treat cancers that are continuing to grow despite other treatment (treatment-resistant), cancers that have spread to other organs (metastasized), or cancers that have come back (recurrent).
How Well It Works
Studies are being done to find the most effective combinations of medicines with bevacizumab for chemotherapy. Researchers are also looking to find the best ways to use bevacizumab with surgery or radiation.
Bevacizumab can cause serious side effects, including:
Other side effects can include:
Bevacizumab and other medicines that block vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) may cause high blood pressure.3 Your doctor will check and closely watch your blood pressure, especially when you first start taking bevacizumab.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Bevacizumab should be administered only under the supervision of a medical oncologist.
Bevacizumab may cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.
Bevacizumab has been approved for use only by adults. There is no specific information comparing use of bevacizumab in children with use in other age groups.
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