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Avastin Helpful for Some Breast Tumors

Women with a specific type of breast cancer may benefit from adding Avastin to the chemotherapy regimen. The research included more than 1,200 patients who were randomly assigned to receive Avastin or placebo in addition to Taxotere and other medications. The researchers found that for women with HER2-negative tumors, the response rate was significantly higher in women who got Avastin. It reached 35%, compared to 28% in those on placebo. The drug was not so helpful for women whose tumors were HER2-positive. Adding Avastin also increased the likelihood of reactions such as high blood pressure, heart problems and hand-foot syndrome, which consists of pain, redness and peeling on the palms and the soles.
[New England Journal of Medicine, Jan, 26, 2012]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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