First, let's review some important information. Before starting HALAVEN treatment for metastatic breast cancer (mBC), your HCP will need to review your medical history to make sure it's safe for you to take. It's important that you be upfront about all your medical conditions. In particular, your HCP will need to know if you have liver or kidney problems, heart problems (including a condition called congenital long QT syndrome), or low potassium or magnesium levels in your blood.1 This information will be shared with the HCP administering your infusion.
For anyone old enough to remember the internet in the days of dial-up modems, it's astonishing to think of how far the technology has come. To be able to videoconference with someone across town or across the country in real time is truly a miracle of modern science. It's like living in the future—today.
However, it's fair to acknowledge that something can be lost in the experience. From technological difficulties to the limitations of not being in the same room as your health care provider, it's possible for the human connection to be lost along the way. With a little planning, you can be better prepared to make the most of your virtual office visits.
Before starting a virtual office visit, it's a good idea to prepare in advance to ensure everything is in working order.3
Let's turn our attention to the call itself. Here are some ideas to help you get the most out of your time. Many of these best practices apply whether the visit is virtual or in person.
Virtual doctor's visits are revolutionizing how we connect with our health care team. Amid the ongoing global pandemic, they provide an alternative to meeting in person, and the technology enables us to shorten the distance between patients and their physicians. With a few simple steps, anyone can be prepared to make the most of their next virtual office visit.
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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.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.