Ovarian Cancer: Avastin Dosing and Usage

Stage III or IV ovarian cancer (OC) after primary surgery
Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by Avastin as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with stage III or IV epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer following initial surgical resection.

Recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (rOC)
Avastin, in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, or topotecan, is indicated for the treatment of patients with platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who received no more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens.

Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, or with carboplatin and gemcitabine, followed by Avastin as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.

For your patients with stage III or IV ovarian cancer, add Avastin at cycle 2 after primary surgery and continue with single-agent Avastin for up to 22 cycles[1]

FDA-approved Prescribing Information for the duration of Avastin treatment[1]

q3w=every 3 weeks.

Avastin dosing in psOC and prOC

Avastin has approved dosing for use with chemotherapy in ovarian cancer patients, and is administered as a solution for intravenous (IV) infusion at the following dose and schedule[1]:

Tumor type Chemotherapy Avastin dose Avastin schedule
psOC Carboplatin and gemcitabine (every 3 weeks for 6 to 10 cycles) 
15 mg/kg every 3 weeks
Carboplatin and paclitaxel (every 3 weeks for 6 to 10 cycles)
15 mg/kg every 3 weeks
prOC Paclitaxel (every week) 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks
Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (every 4 weeks) 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks
Topotecan (every week) 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks
Topotecan (every 3 weeks) 15 mg/kg every 3 weeks

psOC=platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer; prOC=platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.

  • For patients with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, Avastin monotherapy may be continued after completion of combination therapy treatment cycles: Avastin 15mg/kg IV q3w until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity

Boxed WARNINGS

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) perforation
    • Discontinue for gastrointestinal perforation
  • Surgery and wound healing complications
    • Withhold Avastin for at least 28 days prior to elective surgery. Do not administer Avastin for at least 28 days after surgery and until the wound is fully healed
    • Discontinue in patients with wound healing complications requiring medical intervention
  • Hemorrhage
    • Severe or fatal hemorrhage have occurred
    • Do not administer Avastin to patients with serious hemorrhage or recent history of hemoptysis
    • Discontinue for Grade 3-4 hemorrhage

Important treatment considerations—Women of childbearing potential

  • Avastin increases the risk of ovarian failure and may impair fertility. Inform females of reproductive potential of the risk of ovarian failure prior to the first dose of Avastin
  • Long-term effects of Avastin exposure on fertility are unknown
  • Patients should also use effective contraception during treatment and for 6 months following the last dose of Avastin
  • Nursing mothers should be advised to discontinue nursing during treatment and for 6 months following their last dose of treatment

Duration of Avastin in psOC and prOC

The FDA-approved Prescribing Information addresses the duration of Avastin treatment[1]:
Patients should continue treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.[1]

Important treatment considerations—Dose modifications

No dose reductions for Avastin are recommended.

Dose Modifications for Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reaction

Severity

Dose Modification

Gastrointestinal Perforation and Fistulae

  • Gastrointestinal perforation, any grade
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula, any grade
  • Fistula, Grade 4
  • Fistula formation involving any internal organ

Discontinue Avastin

Wound Healing Complications

  • Wound healing complications requiring medical intervention
  • Necrotizing fasciitis

Discontinue Avastin

Hemorrhage

  • Grade 3 or 4

Discontinue Avastin

  • Recent history of hemoptysis of 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) or more

Withhold Avastin

Thromboembolic Events

  • Arterial thromboembolism, severe

Discontinue Avastin

  • Venous thromboembolism, Grade 4

Discontinue Avastin

Hypertension

  • Hypertensive crisis
  • Hypertensive encephalopathy

Discontinue Avastin

  • Hypertension, severe

Withhold Avastin if not controlled with medical management; resume once controlled

Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES)

Any

Discontinue Avastin

Renal Toxicity and Proteinuria

  • Nephrotic syndrome

Discontinue Avastin

  • Proteinuria greater than or equal to 2 grams per 24 hours in absence of nephrotic syndrome

Withhold Avastin until proteinuria less than 2 grams per 24 hours

Infusion Reaction

  • Severe infusion reaction

Discontinue Avastin

  • Clinically significant

Interrupt infusion; resume at a decreased rate of infusion after symptoms resolve

 

  • Mild, clinically insignificant

Decrease infusion rate

Congestive Heart Failure

Any

Discontinue Avastin

Indications

Stage III or IV ovarian cancer (OC) after primary surgery
Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by Avastin as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with stage III or IV epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer following initial surgical resection.

Recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (rOC)
Avastin, in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, or topotecan, is indicated for the treatment of patients with platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who received no more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens.

Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, or with carboplatin and gemcitabine, followed by Avastin as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.

Boxed WARNINGS

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) perforation
    • Serious and sometimes fatal GI perforation occurs at a higher incidence in Avastin-treated patients compared to patients treated with chemotherapy
    • The incidence of GI perforation ranged from 0.3% to 3% across clinical studies
    • Discontinue Avastin in patients with GI perforation
  • Surgery and wound healing complications
    • The incidence of wound healing and surgical complications, including serious and fatal complications, is increased in Avastin-treated patients
    • Withhold Avastin for at least 28 days prior to elective surgery. Do not administer Avastin for at least 28 days after surgery and until the wound is fully healed
    • Discontinue in patients with wound healing complications requiring medical intervention
  • Hemorrhage
    • Severe or fatal hemorrhage, including hemoptysis, GI bleeding, hematemesis, central nervous system hemorrhage, epistaxis, and vaginal bleeding, occurred up to 5-fold more frequently in patients receiving Avastin. In clinical studies, the incidence of grade ≥3 hemorrhagic events among patients receiving Avastin ranged from 0.4% to 7%
    • Do not administer Avastin to patients with serious hemorrhage or a recent history of hemoptysis (≥1/2 tsp of red blood)
    • Discontinue Avastin in patients who develop grade 3-4 hemorrhage

Additional serious adverse events

  • Additional serious and sometimes fatal adverse events with increased incidence in the Avastin-treated arm vs chemotherapy arm included:
    • Non-GI fistulae (<1% to 1.8%, highest in patients with cervical cancer)
    • Arterial thromboembolic events (grade ≥3, 5%, highest in patients with GBM)
    • Renal injury and proteinuria
      • Grade 3–4 proteinuria ranged from 0.7% to 7% in clinical studies
      • Nephrotic syndrome (<1%)
  • Additional serious adverse events with increased incidence in the Avastin-treated arm vs chemotherapy arm included:
    • Venous thromboembolism (grade ≥3, 11% seen in GOG-0240)
    • Hypertension (grade 3–4, 5%–18%)
    • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) (<0.5%)
    • Congestive heart failure (CHF) (1%)
  • Infusion reactions with the first dose of Avastin occurred in <3% of patients, and severe reactions occurred in 0.2% of patients
  • Avoid use in patients with ovarian cancer who have evidence of recto-sigmoid involvement by pelvic examination or bowel involvement on CT scan or clinical symptoms of bowel obstruction
  • Inform females of reproductive potential of the risk of ovarian failure prior to initiating treatment with Avastin

Pregnancy warning

  • Based on the mechanism of action and animal studies, Avastin may cause fetal harm
  • Advise female patients that Avastin may cause fetal harm, and to inform their healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy
  • Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Avastin and for 6 months after the last dose of Avastin
  • Advise nursing women that breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with Avastin and for 6 months following their last dose of treatment
  • Avastin may impair fertility

Most common adverse events

  • Across studies, the most common adverse reactions observed in Avastin patients at a rate >10% were:

— Epistaxis
— Headache
— Hypertension
— Rhinitis

— Proteinuria
— Taste alteration
— Dry skin
— Rectal hemorrhage

— Lacrimation disorder
— Back pain
— Exfoliative dermatitis

  • Across all studies, Avastin was discontinued in 8% to 22% of patients because of adverse reactions

Indication-specific adverse events

  • In Stage III or IV OC after primary surgery, 608 patients received CP+Avastin→Avastin, 607 patients received CP+Avastin→PBO, and 602 patients received CP+PBO→PBO. Grade 3–4 adverse reactions occurring at a higher incidence (≥2%) in either of the Avastin arms vs the chemotherapy only arm were fatigue (CP+Avastin→Avastin, 9%; CP+Avastin→PBO, 6%; CP+PBO→PBO, 6%), hypertension (CP+Avastin→Avastin, 10%; CP+Avastin→PBO, 6%; CP+PBO→PBO, 2%), platelet count decreased (CP+Avastin→Avastin, 21%; CP+Avastin→PBO, 20%; CP+PBO→PBO, 15%), and white blood cell count decreased (CP+Avastin→Avastin, 51%; CP+Avastin→PBO, 53%; CP+PBO→PBO, 50%)
  • In psOC, grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions in the OCEANS study occurring at a higher incidence (≥2%) in 247 patients receiving Avastin plus carboplatin and gemcitabine (chemotherapy), compared to 233 patients receiving placebo plus chemotherapy, were thrombocytopenia (40% vs 34%), nausea (4% vs 1.3%), fatigue (6% vs 4%), headache (4% vs 0.9%), proteinuria (10% vs 0.4%), dyspnea (4% vs 1.7%), epistaxis (5% vs 0.4%), and hypertension (17% vs 0.9%)
  • In psOC, grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions in the GOG-0213 study occurring at a higher incidence (≥2%) in 325 patients receiving Avastin plus carboplatin and paclitaxel (chemotherapy), compared to 332 patients receiving chemotherapy alone, were hypertension (11% vs 0.6%), fatigue (8% vs 3%), febrile neutropenia (6% vs 3%), proteinuria (8% vs 0%), abdominal pain (6% vs 0.9%), hyponatremia (4% vs 0.9%), headache (3% vs 0.9%), and pain in extremity (3.4% vs 0%)
  • In prOC, grade 3–4 adverse reactions in AURELIA occurring at a higher incidence (≥2%) in 179 patients receiving Avastin plus chemotherapy, compared to 181 patients receiving chemotherapy alone were hypertension (6.7% vs 1.1%) and palmar-plantar erythrodysaesthesia syndrome (4.5% vs 1.7%)

You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, for additional important safety information.