Benefits of Avastin effective in delaying brain tumor progressionAs per a retrospective study of 22 patients conducted by a researcher at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the usage of Avastin alone is safe as well as effective for delaying progression of brain tumor when it comes to treating a subgroup of recurrent Grade 3 brain tumors.

Avastin, known generically as bevacizumab, is the first-ever approved therapy for inhibiting angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels are developed and transport vital nutrients to a tumor. It is important to note here that Avastin is approved for treating certain metastatic colon cancers and non-small cell lung cancer.

Marc Chamberlain, M.D., author of the study and director of the Neuro-oncology Program at the SCCA and a professor of neurology and neurological surgery at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, said that Bevacizumab is an important drug of all of the targeted therapies for gliomas.