Support for Patients & Caregivers
Talking to others who have renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and who are going through
experiences similar to yours can be a big help. Here are some Web sites and organizations
that offer support for people living with cancer.
Pfizer is not responsible for the content of other Web sites and makes no representation as to the accuracy, quality, and appropriateness of those sites.
- Kidney Cancer Association
to education and advocacy work, the Kidney Cancer Association can help you build
a support group in your area.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
NCCN.com is the consumer Web site of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network,
a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers.
- CancerCare® support for people with kidney cancer
CancerCare is a national nonprofit
organization offering free counseling online, by phone, or in person, as well as
financial help and educational resources.
- Cancer Support Community (CSC)
CSC is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. CSC offers support services through a network of professionally led, community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online.
Visit these Web sites to find places where people who are caring for loved ones
with cancer can get information and support:
Caregiver Support Services
Free online counseling and support groups for caregivers
of people affected by cancer.
- Family Caregiver Alliance®
Information, education, services, research, and advocacy to support families caring
for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
- Share the Care™
Learn how to turn a
group of friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances into a “caregiver
family” for a loved one.
- Cancer Support Community (CSC)®
Free educational information and support groups for people with cancer and their loved ones.
- Well Spouse Association
supporting wives, husbands, and partners.
- Paying for TORISEL
Get an overview of how health insurance works, information about the First
Resource® Patient Assistance Program, and a list of financial support resources.
TORISEL is a trademark of Pfizer Inc. Other marks listed are the trademarks of their
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
- 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
- Mouth sores
- Swelling/fluid retention
- Loss of appetite
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