Information for family and friends

Caring for someone close to you who has been diagnosed with advanced liposarcoma can be challenging. Below are answers to some questions that you may be asking yourself.

What can I do to help and support someone during the fight against advanced liposarcoma?

Talk to the health care team

They can help inform you about any practical assistance you can provide, but it is just as crucial to give emotional support. Advanced liposarcoma affects family and friends as well as the patient, so it’s important to make sure both you and your loved one remain as strong as possible during this time.

What can I do for myself when things seem overwhelming?

Take care of yourself

When you are caring for someone with advanced liposarcoma, sometimes the best help you can give is taking care of yourself. By making sure you leave time for your own mental and physical well-being, you will also ensure that you have the energy to provide support for your loved one when it is needed most.

Set priorities

Caring for someone with advanced liposarcoma involves many tasks—setting up doctor's appointments, cooking healthy meals, filling out paperwork, etc. It can all be very demanding, so it is important to prioritize your tasks and know your limits. By making a list and sharing responsibilities, you can better organize your day while still leaving room for much needed personal time.

Find productive ways to cope

The emotional toll of advanced liposarcoma can affect even the strongest family members and friends. These feelings are normal, and everyone has different ways of coping with them. Try expressing your feelings to others, or put your energy into other things that matter to you.

Reach out to others

Sometimes you may feel like you have to do everything yourself, but there is no shame in asking for help. Whether you need a hand with household chores, driving your loved one to the doctor, or you simply need someone to talk to, there are people who can help. Reaching out to family and friends, support groups for caregivers, or even the health care team can lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders—and ultimately better help you take care of your loved one.

I am taking my loved one to a doctor's appointment. What can I do to prepare for this visit?

Whether your loved one is newly diagnosed with advanced liposarcoma or has been fighting the disease for some time, going to the doctor can be difficult. Being there for your loved one during this time can be a great help, both practically and emotionally. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for a visit.

Ensure that your loved one is calm and comfortable

As you might have experienced, waiting for the doctor can often take longer than expected. You can help by bringing along items that may take your loved one's mind off of these stresses, and by making sure they are physically comfortable while waiting for their appointment.

Take notes

At times, you and your loved one may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you are receiving. One good idea is to take notes on a notepad or electronically to review with your loved one at a later time—perhaps in a more comfortable setting at home.

Ask questions

It’s important to always stay informed about your loved one's health and to take an active role in observing their treatment progress. Remember to always ask the health care team questions if something is unclear or you want to know more information, and be sure to find out how to contact them with additional questions you may have later.

How can I find out information about the HALAVEN $0 Co-Pay Program and paying for treatment with HALAVEN?

Eisai, the maker of HALAVEN, offers the HALAVEN $0 Co-Pay Program to assist eligible patients with the out-of-pocket costs of HALAVEN. You can learn more about the HALAVEN $0 Co-Pay Program by calling 1.866.61.EISAI (1.866.613.4724) or visiting www.eisaireimbursement.com, where you can also download an enrollment form.

The HALAVEN $0 Co-Pay Program is part of the Eisai Assistance Program (EAP). Eisai, the maker of HALAVEN, offers this assistance program to provide eligible patients and caregivers with insurance information and financial support for HALAVEN, although Eisai cannot guarantee coverage.

Learn more about the HALAVEN $0 Co-Pay Program and financial support with HALAVEN here.

Where can I find resources about HALAVEN and advanced liposarcoma?

You can view and download the full Prescribing Information for HALAVEN here.

Where can I find additional information and support?

There are many helpful resources online that provide comprehensive information for family and friends.

You can also speak with your loved one's health care providers to find local community support groups that may be able to help, or find a list of patient support groups that you may want to share with your loved one on the Community groups page.

Who is HALAVEN® (eribulin mesylate) Injection for?

HALAVEN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with liposarcoma that cannot be treated with surgery or that has spread to other parts of the body, and who have received treatment with a certain type of anticancer medicine.

What safety information do I need to know about HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause serious side effects, including

Before you receive HALAVEN, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause changes in your heartbeat (called QT prolongation). This can cause irregular heartbeats. Your health care provider may do heart monitoring (electrocardiogram or ECG) or blood tests during your treatment with HALAVEN to check for heart problems.

The most common side effects of HALAVEN in adults with liposarcoma include tiredness, nausea, hair loss (alopecia), constipation, stomach pain, and fever.

Your health care provider will do blood tests before and during treatment while you are taking HALAVEN. The most common changes to blood tests in adults with liposarcoma include low white blood cell count (neutropenia) and decreased blood levels of potassium or calcium.

For more information about HALAVEN, please see full Prescribing Information.

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Who is HALAVEN® (eribulin mesylate) Injection for?

HALAVEN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with liposarcoma that cannot be treated with surgery or that has spread to other parts of the body, and who have received treatment with a certain type of anticancer medicine.

What safety information do I need to know about HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause serious side effects, including

Before you receive HALAVEN, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause changes in your heartbeat (called QT prolongation). This can cause irregular heartbeats. Your health care provider may do heart monitoring (electrocardiogram or ECG) or blood tests during your treatment with HALAVEN to check for heart problems.

The most common side effects of HALAVEN in adults with liposarcoma include tiredness, nausea, hair loss (alopecia), constipation, stomach pain, and fever.

Your health care provider will do blood tests before and during treatment while you are taking HALAVEN. The most common changes to blood tests in adults with liposarcoma include low white blood cell count (neutropenia) and decreased blood levels of potassium or calcium.

For more information about HALAVEN, please see full Prescribing Information.

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