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.
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When used alone after a certain type of anticancer treatment, HALAVEN is the first and only chemotherapy that is proven to help some patients with advanced liposarcoma live longer.
In a clinical trial, HALAVEN was compared to dacarbazine, another chemotherapy. Among the 143 patients with advanced liposarcoma in the trial, some patients lived longer and some did not live as long. Patients with advanced liposarcoma who were treated with HALAVEN lived an average of 15.6 months compared with patients treated with the other chemotherapy, who lived an average of 8.4 months. This means that patients who received HALAVEN lived 86% longer than patients who received the other chemotherapy.
HALAVEN was studied in patients with 3 types of advanced liposarcoma intermediate to high tumor grade. This included patients with dedifferentiated, myxoid/round cell, and pleomorphic liposarcoma.
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.
HALAVEN is a prescription medicine developed from a natural substance found in a sea sponge, and is the only medicine discovered in its class of chemotherapy.
Based on early laboratory studies, HALAVEN works by limiting the growth of cancer cells, and ultimately killing them.
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HALAVEN is given by an injection into your vein (known as an intravenous, or IV, infusion). Each HALAVEN dose is given over a short period of 2 to 5 minutes. One cycle of treatment lasts 21 days, and consists of 1 IV infusion once a week for 2 weeks, and then 1 week without HALAVEN.
It is possible that there may be a reason your health care provider may delay or decrease your dose or stop treatment. Talk to him or her about any changes to your dosing schedule.
To see what a treatment cycle looks like, go here.
Your health care provider will decide how many cycles of HALAVEN treatment you will receive.
Coverage is different for different insurance plans. The Eisai Assistance Program (EAP) can help you get more information about your coverage, co-pays, deductibles, and other insurance information, or help you identify sources of potential coverage if you do not have insurance, including eligibility for the Eisai Patient Assistance Program (PAP). Eisai cannot guarantee coverage of any claim.
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