Avastin Increases Fatal Side Effects in Cancer Patients

Avastin, one of the most financially successful cancer drugs in the world, may cause more fatal side effects than previously realized. Avastin increases the fatal side effect rate by close to 50 percent when combined with traditional chemotherapy.

The most common fatal side effects were hemorrhages, loss of infection-fighting white blood cells, and stomach or intestinal perforations.

According to USA Today:

"Avastin's approval in 2004 was widely hailed as a major advance against cancer because it fought the disease in a new way. While conventional chemo kills growing cells ... Avastin blocks a specific protein that allows cancers to develop the blood vessels they need to spread and grow ... Yet Avastin doesn't cure cancer, and gives the average patient only a few extra months to live."

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