Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)


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(a-VASS-tin)

A drug that works by stopping or slowing the formation of new blood vessels that cancer cells need in order to grow. It is a type of targeted therapy.

Along with Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), other types of targeted therapy medications include Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) and Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib).

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Audio contributed by: Katie Couric

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