New biologic offers hope as first-line colorectal cancer agent

March 22, 2004

The FDA recently approved bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) for use in combination with intravenous 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of metastatic CRC. Bevacizumab is the first angiogenesis inhibitor to be approved for use in the U.S. Genentech began to ship bevacizumab to wholesalers within 3 days of its approval.