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Avastin 'not approved' for breast cancers

24th February 2011

The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has ruled that the drug Avastin should not be used to treat secondary breast cancers.

The NHS drugs advisory body for NHS in England and Wales said there was insufficient evidence that the drug prolonged life, though breast cancer charities have said that they are disappointed by the decision. Avastin, also known as bevacizumab, works by starving cancer cells of a blood supply and is designed to be used in conjunction with another chemotherapy drug, paclitaxel.

 

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