Avastin, also known as bevacizumab, is a targeted therapy for the treatment of a number of different cancers. For unresectable, advanced, recurrent or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Avastin is given in combination with chemotherapy. For metastatic non-squamous NSCLC, Avastin can also be given with Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) and chemotherapy.
Ask your doctor if Avastin is right for you.
How Avastin Works
Avastin works by blocking an important growth factor called vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF. This disrupts blood flow to the cancer, restricting the supply of nutrients that it needs to grow and spread.
Avastin is usually used with chemotherapy – another type of cancer treatment – which aims to kill the cancer cells. Because Avastin and chemotherapy work in different ways, the two types of medicine complement each other when they are used to treat the cancer.
To learn about Avastin, download the Avastin patient booklet by clicking here.
Possible side effects of Avastin
Everyone reacts differently to Avastin, so it’s important to know what the side effects are. Some people may have serious side effects – however, most do not.
How to access Avastin
Avastin is not funded by PHARMAC for the treatment of NSCLC. This means that you will need to pay for the medicine yourself.
If you have health insurance, carefully check what is covered – every health insurance provider has different rules and benefits that cover cancer treatment, surgery, tests and appointments.
Roche has created a Cost Share Programme (CSP) which offers assistance with the cost of the medicine. The Avastin CSP caps the cost of the medicine after a number of doses or cost. Once a patient reaches the cap, Roche will provide ongoing Avastin at no cost. However, other costs (such as doctor fees and administration costs) will still apply.
Ask your doctor if Avastin is right for you and how the Cost Share Programme could make it more affordable for you.
Ready to take the next step?
As every situation is different, it’s important to speak to your doctor to find out if Avastin is right for you.
We’ve put together a discussion guide to help you begin a conversation with your doctor. Print it off, take it along to your next appointment, and take notes in the spaces provided.
Talking to your doctor about Avastin
For further information about private treatment providers click here.
You can also talk to your current doctor about referral to a private doctor or treatment centre.
These resources contain important safety and side effect information. Please keep in mind that these are not intended to replace medical advice from a doctor or other healthcare professionals.