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Your Health Care Team
Getting to know your health care team
Making sure you have a knowledgeable health care team can make all the difference in the success of your treatment. Take the time to do some background research on the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who will be part of your team.
Your health care team can provide you with information about your PNET prognosis, treatment options, and patient-support programs. As your treatment journey continues, be sure to listen and communicate with your health care team in an honest and open way.
Some of the people on your health care team may include the following:
- Oncologist: Oncologists are doctors who are specially trained to treat people with cancer. They are experts in the field of cancer and cancer therapies. In many cases, your health care team will be led by your oncologist. He or she will work with you to develop a plan of action and will remain with you throughout your journey.
- Surgical Oncologist: This doctor has a medical degree in surgery with further training in the removal and treatment of cancerous tumors.
- Oncology Nurse: Your oncology nurse works closely with your oncologist to implement your treatment plan and support your needs throughout treatment. Oncology nurses have gone through special training and certification to help treat people with cancer. A lot of your day-to-day contact with your oncologist's office will be through your oncology nurse. Your oncology nurse will be there to answer many of your questions and will also help you manage any side effects you may experience. It's likely that you will form a relationship with your oncology nurse as you travel along your treatment journey.
- Oncology Clinic Staff: As they become the familiar and supportive faces that you encounter at most visits, your oncology clinic staff can be a valuable resource for information about advanced PNET and your treatment. They can also refer you to online support organizations. They will become familiar and supportive faces you will see at most visits.
- Oncology Social Worker: An oncology social worker can help counsel patients and their families on coordinating cancer care, learning coping skills, and adjusting to changes in lifestyle. They may also help connect people to cancer support groups in the community and aid with any financial concerns.
- Case Manager: A case manager (or care manager) is a person with training and experience in helping coordinate the care of people with cancer. Case managers are usually assigned to you through your health plan and can assist with any insurance issues and help determine your coverage.
Build strong relationships with your health care team
Your doctors and nurses are here to help you with your advanced PNET. It is best to speak openly with them about how you feel and your treatment. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the most out of your treatment with AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets:
- Track your symptoms. Keep a record of how you are feeling and share it with your health care team at each visit
- Take your medication as prescribed. Follow all the instructions from your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist
- Communicate openly. Get comfortable letting your team know about all of your symptoms
Important Safety Information
AFINITOR can cause serious side effects that can even lead to death. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking AFINITOR for a while or use a lower dose. Patients should follow their health care provider’s instructions.
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Important Safety Information
AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections, and kidney failure, which can lead to death. Patients who take an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine during treatment with AFINITOR are at a possible increased risk for a type of allergic reaction called angioedema. AFINITOR can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well. Mouth ulcers and mouth sores are common side effects, occurring in up to 86% of patients taking AFINITOR. AFINITOR can affect blood cell counts, kidney and liver function, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Regular blood tests should be performed before starting AFINITOR and as needed during treatment to check blood cell count, kidney and liver function, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
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