Cancer drug Avastin is already enjoying wide acceptance in Europe after it was approved for use earlier in the year. The same could happen in the United States soon as the Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of Avastin as a treatment option alongside chemotherapy in battling platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer. Roche announced the approval Monday, based on results from a Phase III AURELIA study showing that using Avastin in combination with chemotherapy cut risks of worsening or death by up to 62 percent in women who have platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer compared to those who underwent chemotherapy alone.

“Avastin plus chemotherapy is the first new treatment option for women with this difficult-to-treat type of ovarian cancer in more than 15 years,” said Roche Global Product Development Head and chief medical officer, Sandra Horning, M.D.

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