HALAVEN is a prescription medicine for adults with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) who have already received at least 2 other types of anticancer medicines for their breast cancer once it has spread to other parts of the body. Previous therapy should have included an anthracycline and a taxane for either early or advanced breast cancer.
When used alone after 2 prior chemotherapies for mBC, HALAVEN is the only chemotherapy that has been proven in a clinical trial to help some women live longer. Although some women lived longer and some women did not live as long, women who were treated with HALAVEN in a clinical trial lived an average of 13.2 months compared with women treated with other chemotherapy or hormone therapy, who lived an average of 10.6 months.
HALAVEN was studied in women with all types of tumor receptors. This means that their ER/PR hormone receptors (estrogen/progesterone receptors) were either positive or negative and their HER2 receptors (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) were either positive or negative.
It's a decision that only you and your health care team can make. That decision will depend on a discussion that might include
To help with the discussion, you can download the “Can we talk about HALAVEN?” discussion guide below, fill it out with your information, print it, and bring it with you to your next appointment.
HALAVEN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, and who have already received other types of anticancer medicines after the cancer has spread.
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 breast cancer include low white blood cell count (neutropenia), low red blood cell count (anemia), weakness or tiredness, hair loss (alopecia), nausea, and constipation.
Your health care provider will do blood tests before and during treatment while you are taking HALAVEN.
For more information about HALAVEN, please see full Prescribing Information.