Sunday, 6 May 2012

Urine protein and Avastin / Bevacizumab

Avastin (Bevacizumab) is a good medication in metastatic bowel cancer (both colon and rectum). It is used for extended periods of time with chemotherapy to control and reduce the burden of cancer.

It is very important to check the urine for proteins while on this medications, as it does have a potential to damage the functioning of the kidney. In case, the kidneys are secreting proteins, it is then important to check the quantity and then if needed to stop Avastin till the kidneys recover.

We have found that a significant number of doctors forget to check urine protein, while patients are on Avastin.

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