Breast cancer is a devastating disease. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health reports that breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although breast cancer in men is rare. In 2011 there were an estimated 230,480 new cases of breast cancer in women with 396,520 deaths, and 2,140 new cases in men with 450 deaths. Robert Lowes has reported for Medscape Today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is rescinding its approval of bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) for the treatment of breast cancer because the drug has not proven itself to be safe and effective for that indication.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg,MD, said in a press release “This was a difficult decision. FDA recognizes how hard it is for patients and their families to cope with metastatic breast cancer and how great a need there is for more effective treatments. But patients must have confidence that the drugs they take are both safe and effective for their intended use. After reviewing the available studies, it is clear that women who take Avastin for metastatic breast cancer risk potentially life-threatening side effects without proof that the use of Avastin will provide a benefit, in terms of delay in tumor growth, that would justify those risks. Nor is there evidence that use of Avastin will either help them live longer or improve their quality of life.”
There are many risks associated with the use of bevacizumab which include severe hypertension, bleeding and hemorrhaging, heart attack or heart failure, and perforations forming in body parts such as the nose, stomach, and intestines. FDA approval for bevacizumab remains for certain the treatment of certain kinds of colon, lung, kidney, and brain cancer. If you are being treated for breast cancer by a physician you should discuss this FDA decision with your oncologist.
Dr. Earl Mindell says in his book Natural Remedies for 150 Ailments that natural remedies may help to delay or avoid the onset of breast cancer. Dr Earl Mindell suggests the following supplements for this purpose: flaxseed oil, limonene, melatonin, selenium, and soy isoflavonoids. Dr. Mindell also suggests the herb psyllium, and drinking soymilk, eating soybeans, and eating wheat bran while avoiding high-fat foods, low-fiber foods, and processed foods.
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