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Is avastin an effective treatment colon cancer

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Is avastin an effective treatment for metastic colon cancer ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Avastin has been approved for treatment of metastatic colon cancer, but is only indicated when used in combination with certain types of chemotherapy. There are some studies that show it to be helpful and other studies that showed no significant benefit, but it is a reasonable option in someone with metastatic colon cancer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Are the major risks with the drug ?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
The most common side effects are generalized weakness, increased blood pressure, and abdominal pain. The greatest risks are of GI perforations and bleeding, but these are not common.
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