Before, during, and after your treatment, who better to surround you than your support team? Your support team can include your healthcare providers, caregivers, friends, family members, neighbors, support groups, and others. Take a look below to see how you can stay connected to the people who make up your team.
Keeping your healthcare provider in the loop is key to your treatment, as they are the best source of information for your health.
Before you are given YERVOY, tell your healthcare provider about all your health problems if you:
- have an active condition where your immune system attacks your body (autoimmune disease), such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, lupus, or sarcoidosis
- had an organ transplant, such as a kidney transplant
- have liver damage from diseases or drugs
- have any other medical conditions
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. YERVOY may cause stillbirth, premature delivery, and/or death of your unborn baby
- are breast-feeding. It is advised that nursing mothers do not breast feed while taking YERVOY
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and non-prescription medicines, steroids or other medicines that lower your immune response, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list to show your doctors 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.
There are several ways you can reach out to stay connected with your friends and family.
Do what you can and when possible:
- Create your own website to keep in touch
- Set up your own blog to quickly share updates about your treatment with friends and family
- Make phone calls and write letters, e-mails, and postcards to keep up your connections
- Meet a friend for lunch or plan an afternoon outing
- Go to the movies with a friend—how about a comedy?
- Take a walk in your neighborhood or visit your community center
- Plan a weekend event with friends to play cards, watch a game, or just hang out together
It's important to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routines.
You may already have read page after page of information on melanoma (a kind of skin cancer) that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery, but sometimes one of the best ways to learn is from people like you.
Online or in person, support groups can help keep you on track during your journey with YERVOY.
Get a list of organizations.
Check out the YERVOY Community. It's a way to learn from other patients with melanoma (a kind of skin cancer) that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery. Here's how you can get involved within the community:
- Watch videos of other patients with melanoma (a kind of skin cancer) that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery
- Sign up to receive updates when new videos or information are added to the community
- Tell us what you think in our polls
- Discover useful health tips
- Get motivated by our quotes
Keep in mind, your healthcare provider should be your main source for information on YERVOY and you should report any side effects to them right away.
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