Cancer Drug Avastin Increases Risk of Blood Clots When Taken Together with Chemotherapy

Dec 26, 2008 by

Cancer Drug Avastin Increases Risk of Blood Clots When Taken Together with Chemotherapy

According to recent research at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Avastin, the cancer drug, increases the risk of blood clot in the veins by about 33% when taken together with chemotherapy.

For the study, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 15 previous clinical trials involving a total of nearly 8,000 persons found that Avastin, which is marketed by Roche and Genentech, increased the risk of blood clots from about 10% to about 13%.

According to Dr Shenhong Wu, leader of the study, this is “a significant increased risk with Avastin for patients while they are taking chemotherapy”.

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