Posts tagged ‘Breast Cancer’

July 1, 2011

Avastin’s no longer an option. Good.


By Lori Kim

Cancer is a terrible disease taking millions of lives every year.  According to Breast Cancer Facts and Figures for 2009 – 2010 reported by the American Cancer Society, the two types of cancer that lead to the most deaths in women are lung and breast cancer.  In 2009, approximately 40,170 women are expected to die from breast cancer.  Breast cancer is one type of the disease and unfortunately can hit women the hardest.  While the traditional route of chemotherapy is an option, Genentech offers another option as cancer treatment: Avastin.  Back in December of 2010, the Food and Drug Administration decided to attempt and remove an approval for Avastin as a safe drug for the treatment of breast cancer.  The latest news surrounding Avastin was declared on June 29, 2011 that the FDA would pull the approval for Avastin to be prescribed for breast cancer treatment.  However, doctors may prescribe Avastin but certain insurance companies might not choose to insure the costly prescription.

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