Information about Bevacizumab
Bevacizumab is used in the treatment of cancer of colon and rectum, non-small cell lung cancer, kidney cancer, brain tumor, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.
How bevacizumab works
Bevacizumab is a anti-angiogenic medication. It works by blocking a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This stops the formation of blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to cancerous cells.
Common side effects of bevacizumab
High blood pressure, Protein in urine, Nosebleeds, Rectal bleeding, Back pain, Headache, Taste change, Dry skin, Inflammation of the nose
Available Medicine for Bevacizumab
- ₹9500 to ₹36062Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹11838 to ₹43859Hetero Drugs Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹18247 to ₹38915Lupin Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹12214 to ₹35778Biocon2 variant(s)
- ₹17470Zydus Cadila1 variant(s)
- ₹13451 to ₹35120Mylan Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹16059 to ₹99360Zydus Cadila3 variant(s)
- ₹11802Alkem Laboratories Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹38856Reliance Life Sciences1 variant(s)
- ₹13223Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd1 variant(s)
Expert advice for Bevacizumab
- Bevacizumab is an effective, first-line option when used together with other medicines for certain types of cancers such as colorectal, lung, cervical, and kidney cancers.
- Bevacizumab is given as an infusion. Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of an infusion reaction such as high blood pressure and trouble breathing.
- It can lower your wound healing ability. Inform your doctor that you are taking this medication before undergoing any surgical procedure.
- It can increase the risk of bleeding. Inform your doctor if you notice any unusual bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop easily.
- Your doctor may regularly check your blood pressure and levels of protein in your urine while you are on Bevacizumab.
Frequently asked questions for Bevacizumab
Q. What kinds of cancer can Bevacizumab be used for ?
Bevacizumab is approved for the treatment of cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread to other parts of the body. It must be given along with chemotherapy. Other types of cancers that it helps with includes certain types of lung cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor).
Q. How is Bevacizumab given?
Bevacizumab is given as an infusion. That means you get it through a small needle in your vein or through a port, which is a device placed under your skin. Your doctor will decide your dose and duration and will monitor you for signs of an infusion reaction.
Q. How long can I take Bevacizumab for?
You keep taking Bevacizumab as long as your disease is controlled and your side effects are manageable. Your doctor will determine whether you should stop taking Bevacizumab. If your cancer progresses during this initial treatment, talk to your doctor if a different chemotherapy may be an option.
Q. How Bevacizumab works differently from chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy attacks fast-growing cells, like cancer cells. In contrast, the purpose of Bevacizumab is to prevent the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors. This causes the tumour to shrink, or to stop growing.
Q. Does a person taking Bevacizumab still need chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is still needed along with taking Bevacizumab. It makes chemotherapy work better.