Subject: Please sign this petition so that I can continue to receive my cancer treatment
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:18:55 +0000
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Please sign the petition on this link and have family and friends do the same. We need more choices for breast cancer treatment, not less. Please help us stop the FDA from Disapproving Avastin to treat metastatic breast cancer! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/stop-the-fda-from-dispro......ving-avastin-to-treat-metastatic-breast-cancer
As you all know, I have been in treatment for metastatic breast cancer for 9 months now. I have been on a drug combo of abraxane and avastin. The abraxane is a chemotherapy. The avastin is an anti-angiogenesis drug. What does that mean? It means it keeps new blood vessels from rebuilding. More importantly, it keeps cancer tumors from rebuilding new blood vessels. Avastin received temporary rapid FDA approval in 2008. Since then it has been undergoing clinical trials along with patients being able to have the drug at their treatment centers. The trial results came back and were not what was expected. There is a lot of controversy about the results of the studies. It looks like the FDA will be disapproving it for "my" kind of cancer but they will still be using it for other types. Many of the women I know that have been on this drug have had wonderful results. Some women it has not worked for. The FDA says the benefit does not out way the risk, obviously they are not metastatic cancer patients. I have triple negative breast cancer, which is even more difficult to treat and we don't have many drug choices. Avastin is the drug of choice for this cancer. Please sign this petition and allow "US" the patients and their doctors make the decision about risks vs benefits.
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