I am trying to help my mom make a decision and I need your help. She is a vibrant and healthy 75, IIIC, had debulking, 6 carbo/taxol for first line, and is being offered Avastin for 15 months. Not just offered--strongly encouraged by 2 oncs. She went to the Avastin website and is terrified of the possible side effects and since she has NED and is starting to feel better every day, wonders if she really needs the Avastin or if she should just wait until "if and when" the cancer recurs. I know this is her decision, but from what I've learned on this site, and from the other research I've done, she is lucky to be offered it and I want to let her know that others who have had it don't usually suffer from much in the way of side effects. Also, the website said she might lose her hair--and since it's just starting to grow back, she really hates this idea.
Is there any way to measure Avastin's efficacy? And if you received it, were the side effects, if any, worth it?