Avastin is not currently funded by PHARMAC. This means you will need to pay for the medicine yourself.
How Avastin works
Avastin is not a cure for cervical cancer, but it may give you more time before your cancer grows and spreads further.
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 more about how Avastin is given and works please refer to the Avastin patient booklet.
How to access Avastin
lf 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 which offers assistance with the cost of the medicine. The Avastin Cost Share Programme caps the cost of the medicine after either a specific number of doses or a specific 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?
All treatments need to be considered in line with your individual situation, and your specialist will determine whether Avastin is the right treatment 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.