Avastin for Lung Cancer
Avastin® (bevacizumab) is a type of monoclonal antibody used to treat many different types of cancer, including lung cancer. However, it is not recommended for all cases of lung cancer, nor is it meant for use by itself when prescribed for this purpose.
Avastin is approved for use in combination with chemotherapy to treat nonsquamous, non-small cell lung cancer that belongs to one of the following categories:
- It cannot be surgically removed and has begun to spread to nearby tissues (locally advanced)
- It has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized)
- It has recurred (come back after it appeared to have gone away).
This medication is considered a first-line treatment, which means it can be the first treatment to be tried.
(For more details on using this drug for lung cancer, click Avastin Uses. This article tells you what you need to know about how it works, who can use it, and whether there are any off-label uses.)