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Vargo J.A.,West Virginia University | Snelling B.M.,West Virginia University | Ghareeb E.R.,West Virginia University | John K.,West Virginia University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2011

Malignant gliomas have long been a therapeutic dilemma in neuro-oncology, with a poor overall prognosis. Standard treatment, consisting of primary resection, followed by radiation therapy and temozolomide, has improved prognosis. Recently, studies have looked at the addition of bevacizumab (Avastin), a humanized murine IgG1 monoclonal antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor-A, to conventional regiments. Bevacizumab gained US FDA approval for single agent use in recurrent glioblastoma in 2009. Known side effects of bevacizumab include increased risk of arterial and venous thromboembolism, as well as hemorrhage. With emerging data for the use of bevacizumab in malignant gliomas, the extent of risks such as bleeding and thrombosis in patients with primary brain tumors treated with bevacizumab remains unknown. Here, we present only the second reported case of dural venous sinus thrombosis during treatment with bevacizumab and the first reported case for a primary glioma treated with temozolomide, radiation, and bevacizumab. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Frame J.N.,David Lee Cancer Center | Jacobson J.O.,David Lee Cancer Center | Vogel W.H.,David Lee Cancer Center | Griffith N.,David Lee Cancer Center | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Oncology Practice | Year: 2013

To address oncology community stakeholder concerns regarding implementation of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program, ASCO sponsored a workshop to gather REMS experiences from representatives of professional societies, patient organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Stakeholder presentations and topical panel discussions addressed REMS program development, implementation processes, and practice experiences, as well as oncology drug safety processes. A draft REMS decision tool prepared by the ASCO REMS Steering Committee was presented for group discussion with facilitated, goal-oriented feedback. The workshop identified several unintended consequences resulting from current oncology REMS: (1) the release of personal health information to drug sponsors as a condition for gaining access to a needed drug; (2) risk information that is not tailored - and therefore not accessible - to all literacy levels; (3) exclusive focus on drug risk, thereby affecting patient-provider treatment discussion; (4) REMS elements that do not consider existing, widely practiced oncology safety standards, professional training, and experience; and (5) administrative burdens that divert the health care team from direct patient care activities and, in some cases, could limit patient access to important therapies. Increased provider and professional society participation should form the basis of ongoing and future REMS standardization discussions with the FDA to work toward overall improvement of risk communication.

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