How should we manage bevacizumab toxicity in lung cancer patients?


Bevacizumab is an antiangiogenic targeted therapy approved for the treatment of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer other than predominantly squamous cell histology in addition to platinum-based chemotherapy. The safety of bevacizumab has been assessed in studies across most cancer types and bevacizumab is generally well tolerated. Some specific issues associated with the use of bevacizumab in lung cancer are discussed in this report (pulmonary hemorrhage, brain metastases or concurrent thoracic radiotherapy) as well as frequent and clinically relevant adverse events and their management. Oncologists and pulmonologists should be aware of such events and their management since the prescription of bevacizumab concerns many patients and the future use in maintenance therapy will be associated with prolonged treatment.

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