Journal article

Safety and efficacy of first-line bevacizumab with FOLFOX, XELOX, FOLFIRI and fluoropyrimidines in metastatic colorectal cancer: the BEAT study.

E Van Cutsem, F Rivera, S Berry, A Kretzschmar, M Michael, M DiBartolomeo, M-A Mazier, J-L Canon, V Georgoulias, M Peeters, J Bridgewater, D Cunningham, undefined First BEAT investigators

Ann Oncol | Published : 2009


BACKGROUND: Bevacizumab significantly improves survival when added to chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The Bevacizumab Expanded Access Trial (BEAT) evaluated the safety and efficacy of bevacizumab plus first-line chemotherapy in a general cohort of patients with mCRC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with unresectable mCRC received chemotherapy (physician's choice) plus bevacizumab [5 mg/kg every 2 weeks (5-fluorouracil regimens) or 7.5 mg/kg every 3 weeks (capecitabine regimens)]. The primary end point was safety, including prospective data collection in patients receiving unanticipated surgery during the study. Secondary objectives were progression-free survival (PFS) an..

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