Why do some patients with cancer experience chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)?
Chemotherapy has helped millions of patients in their battle against cancer as it destroys cancer cells. Unfortunately, healthy, noncancerous cells are sometimes destroyed too, which can lead to unpleasant side effects, such as CINV
While some types of chemotherapy may cause nausea and vomiting, medications like SANCUSO are designed to help prevent CINV from occurring
Help minimize CINV through some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle
Eat 6 small meals instead of 3 large meals daily
Eat lightly before treatment
Keep high-calorie, high-protein snacks available
Avoid fatty, greasy, or spicy foods
Eat and drink slowly
If foods taste metallic, use plastic flatware and dishes
Try bland foods
Drink very minimal amounts of fluids with meals
Drink plenty of clear fluids
Avoid foods with strong odors
Avoid lying flat for at least 2 hours after meals
Enjoy cold foods at room temperature and avoid hot foods
Take time to relax, nap, or practice breathing techniques—or try meditation
Indication and Important Safety Information For Patients
SANCUSO® (granisetron transdermal system) is indicated for the prevention of nausea and vomiting in patients receiving moderately and/or highly emetogenic chemotherapy regimens of up to 5 consecutive days duration.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
What is SANCUSO® (granisetron transdermal system)?
SANCUSO is a prescription medicine used to prevent nausea and vomiting in patients receiving some types of chemotherapy treatment. SANCUSO is a skin patch that slowly releases the medicine contained in the adhesive (glue), through clean and intact skin areas into your bloodstream while you wear the patch. SANCUSO is for skin use only.
Who should not use SANCUSO?
Do not use SANCUSO if you are allergic to granisetron or any of the other ingredients in SANCUSO.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using SANCUSO?
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Are allergic to medical adhesive tape, adhesive dressings or other skin patches.
Have pain or swelling in your stomach area (abdomen).
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SANCUSO will harm your unborn baby.
Are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SANCUSO passes into your breast milk.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect how SANCUSO works. SANCUSO may also affect how other medicines work.
What should I avoid while using SANCUSO?
Do not apply any heat source over or near the SANCUSO patch
as it may increase your blood levels during the time of heat exposure.
The medicine in SANCUSO (granisetron) may not work as well and/or may affect your skin if exposed to direct sunlight or the light from sunlamps.
Keep the patch covered with clothing if you will be in sunlight or near a sunlamp.
Keep the skin where SANCUSO was applied covered for another 10 days after the patch is taken off.
What are the possible side effects of SANCUSO?
SANCUSO can cause serious side effects:
Using SANCUSO may make it harder to identify certain stomach and bowel problems that are from other causes.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any stomach area (abdominal) pain or swelling while using SANCUSO.
Tell your healthcare provider if you experience any redness, rashes, bumps, blisters or itching at the patch application site, and especially if they spread or appear outside the patch application site. You may need to stop using SANCUSO.
The most common side effect of SANCUSO is constipation.
These are not all the possible side effects of SANCUSO. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.