Use of bevacizumab in patients with advanced or metastatic disease
Carole Farrell Nurse clinician, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Over the past ten years there has been a rapid increase in new biological (targeted) anti-cancer therapies. This brings challenges for nurses to understand how such drugs work, how they are administered and the implications for patients in terms of potential side effects. Bevacizumab (Avastin®▼) is a monoclonal antibody that targets vascular endothelial growth factor. It is licensed for use in several cancers to treat patients with advanced or metastatic disease including breast, colorectal, renal, non-small cell lung and ovarian. However, there are regional variations in funding arrangements, which nurses should be aware of.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 10,29-37. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.12.11.10.29.c9474Correspondence
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