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Throughout your treatment with, it will be important to have open, honest conversations with your health care team so that everyone is on the same page. Here are a few ways other patients have been able to get the most out of their appointments.
As you continue to work with your health care team to treat metastatic renal cell carcinoma (advanced kidney cancer), it’s important to remember your personal goals. At times, you may not know where to start the conversation, but be open and honest and concentrate on what’s important to you. When discussing your treatment, keep the following in mind:
And remember, it’s okay if any of these change or shift over time. Just be sure to share any updates with your health care team so you can move forward together to meet any new goals. The following information can help you know what’s important to share with your health care team.
Do you take any other medicines?
Write a list, and share it with your health care team.
What’s your medical history?
Talk to your health care provider if you have or have had any of the following:
Do you eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice?
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice during treatment with VOTRIENT because it may affect how VOTRIENT works.
What medicines are you taking?
VOTRIENT may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VOTRIENT works. Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including
Especially tell your health care provider if you take medicines that can affect how your liver enzymes work, such as
Considering having a baby?
Tell your health care provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, because VOTRIENT can harm your unborn baby. You should not become pregnant while you are taking VOTRIENT. It is not known if VOTRIENT passes into your breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide if you will take VOTRIENT or breastfeed. You should not do both.
If you are having sex with a partner who is pregnant, think they may be pregnant, or who could become pregnant (even if you have had a vasectomy or if they are taking other forms of birth control), you should use condoms during sexual intercourse during treatment with VOTRIENT and for 2 weeks after your last dose.
Ask your health care provider if you are not sure if your medicine is one of these. Also let your health care provider know about any other medical conditions you may have.
Use the Conversation Guide to help prepare for appointments (downloadable PDF).