The announcement does not affect Avastin’s status as a drug for lung cancer, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer and brain cancer.
In 2008, the FDA granted Avastin accelerated approval for use to treat metastatic breast cancer. But studies have failed to show that patients getting Avastin lived longer than patients on standard chemotherapies.
According to CNN:
“Along with those disappointing findings, serious side effects became apparent in patients taking Avastin, including high blood pressure, internal bleeding, perforated internal organs, heart failure and heart attacks, and in some cases, even swelling of the brain.”
On the other hand, vitamin D shows positive inclination in killing breast cancer cells.
Sun exposure may be the single most effective means of reducing breast cancer, thanks to vitamin D, which forms in your body in reaction to sunlight. In a recent study, data collected over a decade from more than 67,000 women showed that women in a sunny climes with high vitamin D levels were at a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer!
Doctors have known that low levels of vitamin D are linked to certain kinds of cancers as well as to diabetes and asthma, but new research also shows that vitamin can kill human cancer cells.
JoEllen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, has studied the effects of vitamin D for 25 years. Welsh said the vitamin has the same effect as a drug used for breast cancer treatment.
Some consistent facts that show the cohesion between vitamin D and breast cancer risk are :
Some studies have suggested a link between low vitamin levels and breast cancer risk and progression, but others have not. Researchers have found that increasing serum levels of vitamin D may improve the prognosis for breast cancer patients. Calcitriol, known to be the most active form of vitamin D, inhibits breast cancer cells, making abnormal cells act more like natural ones. Vitamin D is proven to prevent the formation of excessive blood vessel growth around the cancerous tumor, a process called anti-angiogenesis.
Researchers have found women with tumors receptive to vitamin D went longer without a disease recurrence than women with tumors without receptors for vitamin D. A study published in February 2009, has accomplished that calcitriol stimulates the production of a tumor suppressing protein that can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium conducted in Dec 2010, revealed that more than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels and researchers recommend that women with breast cancer should be tested for vitamin D levels and offered supplements, if necessary.
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