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Doctor insights on: Avastin Eye Complications

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How does avastin (bevacizumab) for eye complication treatment work?

How does avastin (bevacizumab) for eye complication treatment work?

Anti VEGF: Avastin (bevacizumab) is a medication (originally for cancer) that helps prevent new blood vessel growth by inhibiting a certain blood vessel growth factor. Thus it is commonly used in the eye now to prevent neovascularization and swelling associated with abnormal new leaky blood vessels. ...Read more

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How can the shot of avastin (bevacizumab) in eye complication treatment work?

How can  the shot of avastin (bevacizumab) in eye complication treatment work?

Anti-VEGF: Avastin (bevacizumab) is a chemically modified antibody that inactivates all forms of vascular endothelial growth factor, vegf. Vegf are chemical signals that cause blood vessels to leak lead in grow where they don't belong. Injecting Avastin (bevacizumab) to the eye helps to treat blinding conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetes, vein occlusions, retinopathy of prematurity & swelling from inflammation. ...Read more

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My father 87 has had 5 eye injection for wet eye with drug called AVASTIN .Read this drug could cause anemia.could this be why his hemoglobin is at 92?

My father 87 has had 5 eye injection for wet eye with drug called AVASTIN .Read this drug could cause anemia.could this be why his hemoglobin is at 92?

No: The anemia business was when the stuff was used systemically in one particular cancer chemotherapy combination. He and his physician need to find some other cause of his anemia, which is a serious business. Avastin / bevacizumab in the eye isn't going to make Dad anemic. Is he malnourished? Stomach ulcer / cancer / colon cancer? Other cause? ...Read more

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How is avastin (bevacizumab) affecting my blood glucose level?

How is avastin (bevacizumab) affecting my blood glucose level?

No direct relation: Avastin (bevacizumab)'s main function is to inhibit blood vessel formation. Due to importance of blood vessel formation in wound healing, it can cause potential complications after surgery. Avastin (bevacizumab) can also increase protein leakage from the kidneys, increase blood pressure, or risk of clots or bleeding. Avastin (bevacizumab) is used in treatment of certain cancers and certain eye conditions. It is an antibody; not chemo. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on avastin (bevacizumab) for ovarian cancer?

What are your thoughts on  avastin (bevacizumab)  for ovarian cancer?

Get the facts: You need a good relationship with at least two very ethical oncologists. You'll spend a huge amount of your or someone else's money for a treatment that makes the cancer stay smaller but probably doesn't prolong life and puts you at risk for death from massive hemorrhage. In the process, you will be adding to scientific knowledge. Informed consent rules; you decide. ...Read more

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What can I do if my father is asked to take avastin (bevacizumab) injection for retina damage/ nerves block. Is it safe ?

What can I do if my father is asked to take avastin (bevacizumab) injection for retina damage/ nerves block. Is it safe ?

Safer than blindness: If Avastin (bevacizumab) has been advised, it is likely because of the presence of blinding disorder such as macular degeneration. Although there is risk with drugs injected into the eye, the risk of blindness from not treating is substantially higher. Discuss your concern with his ophthalmologist. ...Read more