I start Avastin again next Monday. This drug, which I took for about a year while on Abraxane the second time, acts like a booster for the other cancer therapies. Although the FDA recently decided it was not effective enough for treatment of metastatic breast cancer, some people, including me, respond very well to it. I'll get the Avastin every other week by infusion. It should take 90 minutes to two hours for the whole thing, from the time they access my port to the time they de-access me. I will continue on the Afinitor+Aromasin+high dose Faslodex combo.
More than 30% of patients taking Avastin have these side effects:
Nausea & vomiting
Upper respiratory infection
Low white blood cell count. (This can put you at increased risk for infection.)
Proteinuria (see kidney problems)
Nose bleed (see bleeding problems)
It's hard for me to tell what side effects I had the last time I took Avastin because I received it with chemotherapy. So, say it with me:
This drug combo should be highly effective with minimal side effects.