Caring for someone with cancer—
and caring for yourself too

Whether you’re caring for a child, a spouse, or another family member, taking care of a person with cancer can be difficult. You may feel sad and overwhelmed. You may even have physical symptoms, such as trouble sleeping or tiredness. Taking care of yourself will also help you provide better support for your loved one.

Here are some suggestions for dealing with stress while caring for someone else:

  • Eat healthy and exercise so you feel your best
  • Do things you enjoy and get out of the house; for example, meet a friend for lunch or take a walk
  • Ask for help from family and friends in caring for your loved one
  • Seek out help from a support group or mental health professional

For additional support, see caregiving.org or the Additional Resources section.



It’s so important to take VITRAKVI as directed by your healthcare provider. See How Do I Take VITRAKVI? for some tips on how you can help your loved one remember to take VITRAKVI.

What is VITRAKVI?

VITRAKVI is a prescription medicine that is used to treat adults and children with solid tumors (cancer) that:

  • are caused by certain abnormal NTRK genes and
  • have spread or if surgery to remove their cancer is likely to cause severe complications, and
  • there is no acceptable treatment option or the cancer grew or spread on other treatment.

Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that VITRAKVI is right for you.

It is not known if VITRAKVI is safe and effective in children younger than 1 month of age.

VITRAKVI is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in other clinical trials.

Important Safety Information

VITRAKVI may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Nervous system problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop any symptoms such as confusion, difficulty speaking, dizziness, coordination problems, tingling, numbness, or burning sensation in your hands and feet. Your healthcare provider may temporarily stop treatment, decrease your dose, or permanently stop VITRAKVI if you develop symptoms of a nervous system problem with VITRAKVI.
  • Liver problems. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your liver function during treatment with VITRAKVI. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms of liver problems, including: loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, or pain on the upper right side of your stomach area. Your healthcare provider may temporarily stop treatment, decrease your dose, or permanently stop VITRAKVI if you develop liver problems with VITRAKVI.

Before starting VITRAKVI, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver problems
  • have nervous system (neurological) problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. VITRAKVI can harm your unborn baby. You should not become pregnant during treatment with VITRAKVI.
    • If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider may do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with VITRAKVI.
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment and for at least 1 week after the final dose of VITRAKVI. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you.
    • Males with female partners who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with VITRAKVI and for at least 1 week after the final dose of VITRAKVI.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if VITRAKVI passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for 1 week after the last dose of VITRAKVI.
  • VITRAKVI may affect fertility in females and may affect your ability to become pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.

While on VITRAKVI, you should avoid:

  • driving or operating machinery until you know how VITRAKVI affects you. VITRAKVI can make you feel dizzy.
  • taking St. John's wort, eating grapefruit, or drinking grapefruit juice during treatment with VITRAKVI.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Certain other medicines may affect how VITRAKVI works.

The most common side effects with VITRAKVI include:

These are not all the possible side effects with VITRAKVI. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For important risk and use information about VITRAKVI, please see the full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report side effects or quality complaints of products to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
For Bayer products you can report these directly to Bayer by clicking here.

NTRK, neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase.

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