An FDA panel has recommended that the drug Avastin no longer be sold as a treatment for breast cancer.
The unanimous recommendation came after experts concluded that Avastin offers breast cancer patients no substantial benefits but at the same time carries substantial risks.
The panel's decision does not affect other uses for which Avastin is approved, including advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, metastatic renal cell carcinoma, and glioblastoma brain tumors.
But if the FDA follows the panel's recommendation, it would be a setback for the treatment of advanced metastatic breast cancer.
The FDA panel concluded that overall, Avastin does not help breast cancer patients live substantially longer or enjoy better quality of life with the disease. The drug carries significant, sometimes fatal, cardiovascular and other side effects.
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