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Cervical cancer 2014, mets in lungs

Obars
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Hi, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, followed chemoradiation (cisplatin) and hysterectomy. 

Now have mets in lungs. 

Was offered chemo- 2 drugs plus avastin.

Is it possible to get only avastin?

I know that in Europe they do prescribe Avastin plus interferon

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi Obars

Thanks for your question and welcome to our online community.

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you, for some reason I posted the answer on Friday evening but it didn’t go through.

It’s natural to have questions about treatments after you see your oncologist. Doctors make treatment decisions based on research about which treatments have the best overall survival figures and treatment availability.

In the UK when Avastin is used to treat cervical cancer, it cannot be given on its own. This is because research has shown that there is an improved overall survival when giving it in combination with chemotherapy drugs.

If you have concerns about having chemo, then we would suggest that you talk again to your oncologist before deciding what you would want to do.

Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to others who are going through a similar situation. If you think that would help we have a supportive cervical cancer online group you could join. There may be someone there able to share their experiences of having chemo and Avastin together with you.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist