Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
The case of the FDA revoking approval of Avastin for the treatment of breast cancer is complicated by the urgency of the need for better therapies. We’re not talking about treatments to decrease the sniffles of the common head cold. At issue is a drug to help patients who are suffering -- and dying -- from metastatic breast cancer.
In light of recent events in my personal life forcing uncharacteristic delays between posts, I'll review briefly what I've discussed so far before continuing the discussion about the FDA's recent revocation of approval Avastin for treatment of breast cancer.
Now let's look at the players who influenced the FDA's decision to revoke approval of Avastin for breast cancer. The complex process requires a book-length manuscript to fully explain. Rather than abandon my effort, here are the bare bones:
Recently the FDA revoked approval of a best-selling drug, Avastin, for treatment of breast cancer. Ever since, arguments for and against the removal have been voiced in blogs and major media by a wide variety of people with different points of view. Let's look at some of the issues in the context of Healthy Survivorship.