Financial Support Resources

Here are some independent organizations and Web sites that may be helpful to you. They have information and programs designed to offer support to people with serious illnesses and their loved ones.



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American Cancer Society: Financial and Legal Matters

  • Information about financial and legal issues that affect people with cancer and their loved ones

Association of Community Cancer Centers

  • Works closely with members of Congress, government agencies, and other cancer care advocacy organizations to help ensure patient access to quality cancer care

    Phone: 301-984-9496

BenefitsCheckUp

A service of the National Council on Aging

  • Web-based service for seniors with limited income and resources
  • Helps seniors find benefit programs that can help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, and other needs


CancerCare

  • Free support and information services for anyone affected by cancer
  • Financial assistance in the form of limited grants for certain treatment expenses

    Phone: 1-800-813-HOPE
                 (1-800-813-4673)


Benefits.gov

  • Official benefits Web site of the U.S. government, with information on more than 1,000 benefit and assistance programs (online only)


National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health

  • Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients

    Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER
                 (1-800-422-6237)


NeedyMeds

  • Provides information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost
  • Contains a free clinics database and an online forum for patient advocates


Partnership for Prescription Assistance

  • Features a customized search tool that helps match patients who cannot afford medication with prescription assistance programs that provide free or nearly free medicines to eligible patients

    Phone: 1-888-4PPA-NOW
                 (1-888-477-2669)


Patient Advocate Foundation

  • Staff case managers work with patients to identify local, state, and federal assistance programs
  • Provides patients with assistance with insurers, creditors, and/or employers regarding insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis

    Phone: 1-800-532-5274


RxAssist

  • Listings of programs that help people pay for medications or get them for free





Indication

TORISEL is indicated for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma.


Important Safety Information

  • You should not receive TORISEL if certain tests show that your liver function is moderately or severely impaired. TORISEL should be used with caution in patients whose liver function is mildly impaired and should be given at a reduced dose.
  • TORISEL can cause serious side effects. If you experience side effects that are too severe to tolerate, your health care professional may choose to delay your treatment, give you a lower dose of TORISEL, or discontinue treatment.
  • Before you begin treatment with TORISEL, your doctor may give you an antihistamine. It is possible to have a serious (including a life-threatening or fatal) allergic reaction even after you receive an antihistamine. Tell your doctor or nurse if you are allergic to antihistamines or are unable to take antihistamines for any other medical reasons. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any swelling around your face or trouble breathing during or after treatment with TORISEL.
  • Patients are likely to experience increased blood sugar levels. This may require treatment with or an increase in the dose of a medicine that lowers blood sugar levels. Tell your doctor or nurse if you are thirstier than usual or urinate more often than usual.
  • Patients are likely to experience an increase in cholesterol and/or triglycerides. This may require treatment with or an increase in the dose of a medicine that lowers cholesterol and/or triglycerides.
  • Before you begin treatment with TORISEL, tell your doctor or nurse about ALL MEDICINES you are taking, including
    • Prescription medications, including but not limited to antibiotics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antifungals, antivirals, blood pressure medications, blood thinners, dexamethasone, vaccines
    • Nonprescription (over the counter) medications
    • Vitamins
    • Herbal supplements, including but not limited to St. John’s Wort
  • Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice during the course of your treatment with TORISEL, including the time between treatments, as they may change the amount of TORISEL in your body.
  • Treatment with TORISEL may affect your immune system. You may be at greater risk of getting an infection while receiving TORISEL.
  • Patients may get chronic inflammation of the lungs during treatment with TORISEL. Rare fatal cases have been reported. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have any trouble breathing, or develop a cough or fever.
  • TORISEL may cause bowel perforation. Fatal cases have been reported. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have any new or worsening stomach pain or blood in your stool.
  • Treatment with TORISEL may be associated with a risk of kidney failure, sometimes fatal.
  • During treatment with TORISEL, wounds may not heal properly. Tell your doctor or nurse if you are recovering from surgery or have an unhealed wound. Tell your doctor or nurse if you plan to have surgery during treatment with TORISEL.
  • TORISEL may increase the risk of bleeding in the brain, which has, in some cases, been fatal. You are at increased risk if
    • You have a central nervous system tumor, such as a brain tumor
    • You are taking medicine to keep your blood from clotting
  • Some vaccines may be less effective when given during the course of treatment with TORISEL. You should avoid the use of live vaccines and close contact with people who have recently received live vaccines. Ask your doctor or nurse if you are eligible to receive a flu shot.
  • Both men and women should use a reliable form of birth control during treatment and for 3 months after the last dose of TORISEL. TORISEL can harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor or nurse before beginning treatment if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
  • Elderly patients may be more likely to experience certain side effects including diarrhea, edema and pneumonia.
  • The most common side effects are
    • Rash
    • Weakness/fatigue
    • Mouth sores
    • Nausea
    • Swelling/fluid retention
    • Loss of appetite

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