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Bevacizumab is prescribed to treat certain types of cancer, including colon, rectal, and non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer. It binds to and inhibits a certain type of protein that encourages the growth of new blood vessels. As a result, the cancer is essentially "starved" of its blood supply. The medication is given by injection at your healthcare provider's office. Side effects can include stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea.
What Is Bevacizumab?Bevacizumab (Avastin®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Glioblastoma brain cancer
- Renal cell carcinoma (a type of kidney cancer).
Are There Side Effects?As with any medicine, side effects are possible with bevacizumab. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)