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Pronunciation: “uh-va-stin” (“beh-vuh-si-zuh-mab”)

Disclaimer: This patient information sheet summarizes the information about bevacizumab as prescribed for treatment of advanced kidney cancer and is not meant to substitute for medical advice. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare team. Every patient is different, and only you and your doctor can decide the best treatment plan for you. Please see our guide on talking to your doctor about treatments for kidney cancer.

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What type of drug is it?: Targeted therapies (some also referred to as TKIs) are drug treatment that work to slow or stop cancer cells from growing by blocking pathways your tumor cells use to grow and spread.Targeted therapy (also referred to as a VEGF inhibitor).

How is it prescribed?: Bevacizumab is approved to be used in combination with Interferon-alfa.

How is it administered?:  This medication is given intravenously, also referred to an IV (meaning directly into a vein).

How often do I take it?: Bevacizumab is given once every two weeks.

If you miss a dose, please call your healthcare provider for guidance on how to proceed.

When taking in combination with another drug, please see the separate sheet on Interferon for its dosing information.

Storage: This will be handled by the infusion clinic.

Restrictions: None.  Please see our guide on what to ask and tell your doctor before starting any medication.

Side Effects: There can be a range of side effects for any medication. Letting your doctor know about these side effects does not mean you have to stop treatment – but may mean that your treatment needs to be adjusted. Therefore, it is important to let your doctor know if you are experiencing side effects so they can manage your medications appropriately. Please see our educational sheet on side effects for more information on what to watch out for and how to talk with your doctor should you experience any of them.   

Revised May 2022

Adapted from the package insert.  Genentech, Inc. December 2020