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Staying connected

Right now, someone who knows of your metastatic melanoma diagnosis wants to do something to help you through this. Someone who loves you, lives near you, or maybe has never even met you. As your healthcare team may advise you, it’s a good idea to let them in. Staying connected to people throughout your treatment may help to inspire you and encourage you to speak with your doctor about what—and who—matters most to you. It can also help you play an active part in your treatment decisions.

Information for caregivers: looking after someone you love

Facing a metastatic melanoma diagnosis produces a rush of feelings for everyone involved. But as a cancer-patient caregiver—taking care of someone who is considering YERVOY or has already begun YERVOY treatments—you know your loved one is depending on you. And that makes you strong.

What makes you an indispensable member of the team?

Being a cancer-patient caregiver involves a lot more than driving the patient to appointments and dealing with the household chores—necessary as these things are. Never underestimate the part you play as the patient’s champion with their oncologist and the whole healthcare team. Get informed about the disease. Learn what’s available. Discuss and set goals together.

Be part of the conversation from the start

Remember, the doctor is the best source of information about your loved one's health. But getting informed and making sure you and the patient are always part of the treatment discussion are the first steps in developing that important partnership you both need with the doctor.

Even after reading about the YERVOY clinical trial and understanding more about YERVOY, you might still have many questions.

If you read or hear something you don’t understand, ask the doctor for clarification. If you are told something you don’t feel comfortable with, question it. Some doctors may feel more comfortable with a certain treatment, but be sure to ask about all the treatment options. And keep your goals in sight.

Support organizations to help you along the way

Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to helping the metastatic melanoma community. Listed below are melanoma support organizations that provide melanoma information, as well as patient and caregiver support.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is not affiliated with nor endorses these organizations. The information/links provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb are meant for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace a physician's medical advice or imply endorsement.

AIM at Melanoma

AIM at Melanoma

AIM at Melanoma is globally engaged and locally invested in advancing the battle against melanoma through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support.

www.AIMatMelanoma.org

1-877-246-26351-877-246-2635
Cancer Research Institute

Cancer Research Institute

Cancer Research Institute is dedicated to pursuing research in, and advancing awareness of, immunotherapy for cancer.

www.cancerresearch.org

Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community (CSC)

Cancer Support Community is committed to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone and provides free programs and services for patients and their loved ones.

www.cancersupportcommunity.org

1-888-793-93551-888-793-9355
Cancer Care

CancerCare

CancerCare provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer.

www.cancercare.org

Melanoma International Foundation (MIF)

Melanoma International Foundation (MIF)

The mission of the Melanoma International Foundation is to develop personalized strategies with patients so they may live longer, better lives.

www.melanomainternational.org

1-866-463-66631-866-463-6663
Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)

Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)

MRA is committed to accelerating the pace of translational research to better prevent, diagnose and treat melanoma.

www.curemelanoma.org

Melanoma Research Foundation

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)

The MRF offers a robust library of free information and support resources for people navigating their diagnoses.

www.melanoma.org

1-800-673-12901-800-673-1290
 

We've also assembled a list of organizations that offer caregiver support

It's important to take care of yourself. Below are a few links to organizations with information specifically written for caregivers to help you fine the support you may need.

Bristol‑Myers Squibb is not affiliated with nor endorses these organizations. The information/links provided by Bristol‑Myers Squibb are meant for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.

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Important Safety Information about YERVOY® (ipilimumab)

YERVOY can cause serious side effects in many parts of your body which can lead to death. These serious side effects may include: intestinal problems (colitis) that can cause tears or holes (perforation) in the intestines; liver problems (hepatitis) that can lead to liver failure; skin problems that can lead to severe skin reaction; nerve problems that can lead to paralysis; hormone gland problems (especially the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands); and eye problems.

These problems may happen anytime during treatment with YERVOY or after you have completed treatment. Getting medical treatment right away may keep the problem from becoming more serious. Your healthcare provider will check you for these problems during treatment with YERVOY. Your healthcare provider may treat you with corticosteroid medicines. Your healthcare provider should perform blood tests, such as liver, hormone, and thyroid function tests, before starting and during treatment with YERVOY. Your healthcare provider may need to delay or completely stop treatment with YERVOY, if you have severe side effects.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Even seemingly mild symptoms can lead to severe or even life-threatening conditions if not addressed. Do not try to treat symptoms yourself.

Serious side effects may include:

  • Intestinal problems (colitis) that can cause tears or holes (perforation) in the intestines. Signs and symptoms of colitis may include: diarrhea (loose stools) or more bowel movements than usual; blood in your stools or dark, tarry, sticky stools; and stomach pain (abdominal pain) or tenderness
  • Liver problems (hepatitis) that can lead to liver failure. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis may include: yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes; dark urine (tea colored); nausea or vomiting; pain on the right side of your stomach; and bleeding or bruise more easily than normal
  • Skin problems that can lead to severe skin reactions. Signs and symptoms of severe skin reactions may include: skin rash with or without itching; sores in your mouth; and your skin blisters and/or peels
  • Nerve problems that can lead to paralysis. Symptoms of nerve problems may include: unusual weakness of legs, arms, or face; and numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Hormone gland problems (especially the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands). Signs and symptoms that your glands are not working properly may include: persistent or unusual headaches; unusual sluggishness; feeling cold all the time; weight gain; changes in mood or behavior such as decreased sex drive, irritability, or forgetfulness; and dizziness or fainting
  • Eye problems. Symptoms may include: blurry vision, double vision, or other vision problems; and eye pain or redness

Pregnancy and Nursing:

  • Before you receive YERVOY, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. YERVOY can harm your unborn baby. Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with YERVOY and for 3 months after the last dose of YERVOY. Before you receive YERVOY, tell your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if YERVOY passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with YERVOY and for 3 months after the last dose of YERVOY.

Tell your healthcare provider about:

  • All your medical conditions, including if you: have immune system problems (autoimmune disease), such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, or sarcoidosis; have had an organ transplant; and have liver problems
  • All the medicines you take including: all prescription and over-the-counter medicines; vitamins; and herbal supplements

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list to show your healthcare provider and pharmacists each time you get a new medicine. You should not start a new medicine before you talk with the healthcare provider who prescribes you YERVOY.

The most common side effects of YERVOY include: tiredness, diarrhea, itching, rash, nausea, vomiting, headache, weight loss, fever, decreased appetite, and difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of YERVOY. For more information, ask your healthcare provider.

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.

Please see U.S. Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING regarding immune-mediated side effects, and Medication Guide for YERVOY.

Indication

YERVOY® (ipilimumab) is a prescription medicine used in adults to treat melanoma (a kind of skin cancer) that has spread (metastatic) or cannot be removed by surgery (unresectable).

It is not known if YERVOY is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age.