Before starting treatment, your oncologist will run tests on your melanoma to gather more information about it. If your tumor contains a certain type of abnormal BRAF gene, the TECENTRIQ combination may be an option for you. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.
TECENTRIQ is a type of immunotherapy. Researchers have found that some cancer cells can go undetected by your immune system. This can allow the cancer to grow and spread. Cancer immunotherapy can help to reactivate the immune system so that it can recognize cancer in the body. Cancer immunotherapy can also cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. You should have a discussion with your doctor if you are considering immunotherapy treatment.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of rapidly dividing cells such as cancer cells. Immunotherapy is different. It treats patients by acting on their immune system. Immunotherapy can boost the immune response in the body and teach the immune system how to identify and destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy can be used in combination. Both chemotherapy and immunotherapy can affect normal cells.
TECENTRIQ is covered by many commercial insurance plans, but coverage can vary. Your oncologist’s office can help you determine whether your plan provides coverage. There may be options to help you afford your TECENTRIQ, no matter what type of health insurance you have.
If you have questions or concerns about TECENTRIQ, your diagnosis, or your treatments, you should discuss them with your healthcare team. You can also call us at 1-877-436-3683