The goal of treating advanced cancer is usually to shrink the cancer and control its growth for as long as possible. At some point, you may receive chemotherapy. This type of treatment can be used to reach all areas of the body and is given intravenously or orally.
Your health care provider will then measure how well your cancer is responding to the treatment. This means that your health care provider will look to see if the cancer is getting smaller or not growing. If your cancer is responding to chemotherapy, you can potentially receive a different treatment to maintain your progress after you’ve finished treatment.
Your health care provider will help guide you through the process of treatment to see which medicine may be best for you.
Maintenance treatment is used to maintain the progress you’ve seen while on chemotherapy.
If your cancer has returned and you’re responding to chemotherapy, you may be eligible for treatment with LYNPARZA.
To better understand when you can use LYNPARZA to help maintain your response, take a look at this timeline example.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed.
Treated with chemotherapy.
Cancer returns or grows.
Treated with chemotherapy.
Cancer is responding to chemotherapy.
May be eligible for treatment with LYNPARZA.
LYNPARZA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults:
It is not known if LYNPARZA is safe and effective in children.
LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects, including:
Bone marrow problems called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Some people who have ovarian cancer or breast cancer and who have received previous treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or certain other medicines for their cancer have developed MDS or AML during treatment with LYNPARZA. MDS or AML may lead to death. If you develop MDS or AML, your health care provider will stop treatment with LYNPARZA.
Symptoms of low blood cell counts are common during treatment with LYNPARZA, but can be a sign of serious bone marrow problems, including MDS or AML. Symptoms may include weakness, weight loss, fever, frequent infections, blood in urine or stool, shortness of breath, feeling very tired, bruising or bleeding more easily.
Your health care provider will do blood tests to check your blood cell counts:
Lung problems (pneumonitis). Tell your health care provider if you have any new or worsening symptoms of lung problems, including shortness of breath, fever, cough, or wheezing. Your health care provider may do a chest x-ray if you have any of these symptoms. Your health care provider may temporarily or completely stop treatment if you develop pneumonitis. Pneumonitis may lead to death.
Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your health care provider right away if you become pregnant.
Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking LYNPARZA and certain other medicines may affect how LYNPARZA works and may cause side effects.
How should I take LYNPARZA?
What should I avoid while taking LYNPARZA?
Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, Seville oranges, and Seville orange juice during treatment with LYNPARZA since they may increase the level of LYNPARZA in your blood.
LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects (see below). The most common side effects of LYNPARZA are:
These are not all the possible side effects of LYNPARZA. Call your health care provider for medical advice about side effects.
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