About Afinitor for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)
Your Health Care Team & Advanced Kidney Cancer
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 kidney cancer 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/Urology Clinic Staff: As they become the familiar and supportive faces that you encounter at most visits, your oncology/urology clinic staff can be a valuable resource for information about advanced kidney cancer 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
Engaging your personal advanced kidney cancer support team
Your journey with advanced kidney cancer is not one you are coping with alone. Your family and friends can be there for you to help you with daily tasks as well as talking to your doctor and helping you take your medication. Finding support from your caregivers, family, and friends can help them be closer to you, knowing that they have an important role in caring for your health and well being. You can also turn to support groups in order to connect with other people who have been affected by kidney cancer.
Here are some ways your family and friends may be able to help. They can:
- Go with you to the doctor, and take notes and ask questions for you
- Be there to listen when you need to talk
- Help out with everyday tasks
You are not alone in your fight against kidney cancer
As you continue along on your advanced kidney cancer treatment journey, keep in mind that having cancer does not change the person that you are, and it does not define you, either. Talk to your health care team and learn as much as you can. Do not be afraid to ask for help from your doctors, friends, and support team whenever you feel you need it. Most importantly, always remember that you are not alone.
ADVANCED RENAL CELL CARCINOMA (aRCC)
AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with advanced kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma or RCC) when certain other medicines (ie, Sutent® [sunitinib] or Nexavar® [sorafenib]) have not worked.
Important Safety Information
AFINITOR 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 78% 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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