Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Colon cancer drug Avastin linked to esophagus problem

From CBC News:
An advisory has been issued after the colorectal cancer drug Avastin was linked to the development of a rare, potentially fatal problem with the esophagus.

Health Canada approved the use of Avastin or bevacizumab, in combination with other drugs, to extend the lives of people with colorectal cancer that has spread to other sites.

In an advisory Tuesday, the department said use of Avastin and other cancer treatments has been linked with the development of tracheo-esophageal fistulas — abnormal connections between the esophagus (the tube from the throat to stomach) and the trachea (the windpipe), which normally remain separate. ...more

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