For Patients With Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Head and Neck (SCCHN) That Has
Returned or Spread
After Previous Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About OPDIVO®
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that patients like you have had
about treatment with OPDIVO. Remember that this information is not a substitute for
talking with your healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional is the best source
of information about your condition.
WHAT ARE HEAD AND NECK CANCERS?
Many different types of cancer can occur in the head and neck. The most common is squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Most SCCHN begin in the layers of cells that line the moist surfaces inside the head and neck, for example, the mouth—including the tongue, lips, or cheeks—throat, sinuses, and voice box.
What Is OPDIVO?
OPDIVO is a prescription medicine used to treat a type of head and neck cancer (squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck) that has returned or spread after treatment.
How Is OPDIVO Different From Chemotherapy?
OPDIVO is an immunotherapy treatment. It's a type of medicine that works with your immune system.
Where Can I Go to Get My OPDIVO Treatments?
You and your doctor should discuss the best place to get your infusions, whether it’s your doctor’s office, an infusion center, or a local hospital.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE OPDIVO?
Your healthcare provider will give you OPDIVO into your vein through an
How Do I Know If I'm Responding to OPDIVO?
While undergoing treatment with OPDIVO, your doctor will likely order periodic scans to evaluate whether there are any changes in the size of your tumors.
What should I know about potential side effects?
Although they may not be experienced by every patient, OPDIVO can cause serious side effects. OPDIVO can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become serious or life-threatening and can lead to death. These problems may happen anytime during treatment or even after your treatment has ended.
What are the most common side effects of OPDIVO?
The most common side effects of OPDIVO include:
- feeling tired
- pain in muscles, bones, and joints
- itchy skin
- shortness of breath
- decreased appetite
- back pain
- upper respiratory tract infection
- abdominal pain
What are the serious side effects of OPDIVO?
A side effect is described as “serious” if it can sometimes become life-threatening and can lead to death. They can happen anytime during treatment or even after your treatment has ended. While the serious side effects listed here can become
life-threatening, they are rare.
- lung problems (pneumonitis)
- intestinal problems (colitis) that can lead to tears or holes in your intestine
- liver problems (hepatitis)
- hormone gland problems (especially the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, and pancreas)
- kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure
- skin problems
- inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
- problems in other organs
- severe infusion reactions
WHO CAN I TALK TO IF I NEED HELP OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OPDIVO?
Talk with your healthcare professional first if you have questions about this treatment option. You can also call
a Care Navigator at 1-855-673-4861,
8 AM to 8 PM ET, Monday-Friday,
for general questions about OPDIVO
not specific to your health.
It can be helpful to review a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor. Download Questions to Ask Your Doctor to help answer your questions about whether OPDIVO may be right for you.
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patient diagnosed with a type
of head and neck cancer.
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