KNOW YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM MEMBERS AND THEIR ROLES.
When starting treatment with REVLIMID, you will probably have questions about what to expect. Your healthcare team is your first source of information and can address many of your questions.
Since you received your diagnosis, your doctor may have been the person you talked with the most. But there are other members of your team who may be able to help you during treatment. They all are knowledgeable in certain areas. And together they can provide you with a lot of information.
Nurses play an important role in your care. They provide information about your condition and treatment, and they monitor you for side effects. You may also have a nurse practitioner managing your overall care. Your nurses may be the people you talk with most about your questions and concerns.
You will get REVLIMID through a specialty pharmacy that is part of the Lenalidomide REMS program. The pharmacist can answer questions you may have about your medicine.
Social workers may be able to offer you counseling and help you find support groups or resources where you live. If you need additional support, the social worker may help to identify other healthcare professionals such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. They are trained to help people cope with their emotions and concerns.
Cancer and/or its treatment may make it difficult to get enough of the calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs. A registered dietitian or nutritionist can help you select a diet that may help you meet your nutritional needs.
One of the best ways for you to learn more about REVLIMID is by asking your doctor or nurse questions. This can help you understand your disease and treatment.
Below are sample questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about REVLIMID.
Before you take REVLIMID, tell your healthcare provider about your medical conditions. For example, if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. REVLIMID and other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking any new medicines. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.