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Do you know are avastin (bevacizumab) and Xeloda the same?

Do you know are avastin (bevacizumab) and Xeloda the same?

Different: Xeloda is oral chemotherapy while Avastin (bevacizumab) is a monoclonal antibody targeting vascular growth factor. Bevacizumab (avastin) is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks angiogenesis by inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor. It also helps with chemo by allowing entry into tumor microvascular structures while Xeloda helps to inhibit DNA synthesis ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

An Oral Chemotherapy: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemotherapy drug, the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, hand-foot syndrome (redness, swelling, cracking of palms/soles) and like any chemotherapy may bring down your white blood cells. To prevent this you may take an anti diarrheal, anti emetic, b6, use a skin moisturizer and check your blood frequently. Not everyone experiences one of these symptoms. ...Read more

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Does avastin (bevacizumab) reduce male fertility?

Does avastin (bevacizumab) reduce male fertility?

No (so far): Avastin (bevacizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits blood vessel growth. It can impair fertility in women, but i don't find any studies that show reduction in male fertility. For the fda prescribing information with all side effects, go here: http://www.Gene.Com/gene/products/information/pdf/avastin-prescribing.Pdf. ...Read more

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How does avastin (bevacizumab) affect male fertility?

How does avastin (bevacizumab) affect male fertility?

It doesn't (so far): Avastin (bevacizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits blood vessel growth. It can impair fertility in women, but i don't find any studies that show reduction in male fertility. For the fda prescribing information with all side effects, go here: http://www.Gene.Com/gene/products/information/pdf/avastin-prescribing.Pdf. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

These are 2 options: Xeloda (capecitabine) - is an oral chemotherapy drug that can be used for certain metastatic cancers alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs as palliative treatment. Zometa - is used in a situation where cancer has spread to the bones. Its not chemotherapy but a bisphosphanate, a medication used to prevent further weakening of bones by cancer and prevent fractures. In some situations both are given. ...Read more

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Which is more effective: Avastin (bevacizumab) or Erbitux?

Which is more effective: Avastin (bevacizumab)  or Erbitux?

Identical: Data on Bevacizumab or Erbitux in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, patients who do not have a KRAS 12/13 gene mutation, have nearly identical survival rates. These identical results were seen after chemotherapy, where survival with chemo alone was about 5 months vs. 7-8 months using either bevacizumab (Avastin) or cetuximab (Erbitux). ...Read more

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Can avastin (bevacizumab) cause an increase of tumor markers?

Can avastin (bevacizumab) cause an increase of tumor markers?

Bevasizumab or: Avastin (bevacizumab) vies with vascular endothelial growth factor. It's action interferes with development or growth of blood vessels needed by tumors. Causes incresed blood pressure and bleeding as leading toxicity. No obvious reason that it should influence tumor markers. ...Read more

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What effect does avastin (bevacizumab) have on male fertility?

What effect does avastin (bevacizumab) have on male fertility?

Unsure: Avastin (bevacizumab) has shown to be deterimental to female reporuductive potential with up to 30-35% have serious complications (ovarian failure). To my knowledge there are no studies on men. Any chemotherapy has the potential risk of causing fertility issues in the future. You may want to consider freezing sperm with a sperm bank or your local reproductive endocrinologist. Also talk to your oncologist. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Xeloda (Definition)

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