Created: 02/24/2014 10:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
A new study reveals the cancer drug Avastin helps patients with advanced cervical cancer live longer.
Avastin is already used to treat tumors in the colon, brain, kidneys and lungs so researchers wanted to test its effects on late-stage cervical cancer. Women in the study who received a combination of Avastin and chemotherapy lived nearly four months longer than women who received chemo alone.
While the drug did increase the risk of some serious side effects like blood clots and high blood pressure experts say Avastin could soon become the standard for treating advanced cervical cancer.
This study was done by researchers at University of California and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.