TIPS THAT MAY HELP WHILE RECEIVING KEYTRUDA FOR ADVANCED MELANOMA

Receiving treatment may affect how you feel. Sometimes, you may be more tired than usual. Other times, you may not feel like eating very much. Although everyone’s experience is unique, you may find some of the tips below helpful. Please keep in mind this is not a complete list of tips. For more tips, talk to your health care team.

 
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Speak up if you feel something If you have any changes in the way you feel, it’s important to discuss those changes with your health care team.   

If you have any changes in the way you feel, it’s important to discuss those changes with your health care team.

  • Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious
  • Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious
Assess your symptoms If you have diarrhea or nausea, the first thing to do is to tell your health care team, as it could be a sign of something serious. In addition, there are a few things you can do after you’ve talked to your health care team.   

If you have diarrhea or nausea, the first thing to do is to tell your health care team, as it could be a sign of something serious. In addition, there are a few things you can do after you’ve talked to your health care team.

For mild diarrhea:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, dairy, fat, fiber, orange juice, prune juice, and spicy foods
  • Drink lots of water and other clear liquids. Eat small, frequent meals
  • Always ask your health care team for more tips on what to do about diarrhea

For nausea:

  • Instead of 3 large meals a day, eat 6 to 8 snacks
  • Eat dry foods such as crackers or dry cereal
  • Avoid hot, spicy foods and stay away from foods that are overly sweet or greasy
  • Drink or sip clear liquids frequently
  • Ask your health care team about other ways you may be able to handle nausea

For mild diarrhea:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, dairy, fat, fiber, orange juice, prune juice, and spicy foods
  • Drink lots of water and other clear liquids. Eat small, frequent meals
  • Always ask your health care team for more tips on what to do about diarrhea

For nausea:

  • Instead of 3 large meals a day, eat 6 to 8 snacks
  • Eat dry foods such as crackers or dry cereal
  • Avoid hot, spicy foods and stay away from foods that are overly sweet or greasy
  • Drink or sip clear liquids frequently
  • Ask your health care team about other ways you may be able to handle nausea
Cope with feeling tired Most people who are receiving treatment feel tired. To help you feel less tired, try these tips. Ask your health care team for more ideas.   

Most people who are receiving treatment feel tired. To help you feel less tired, try these tips. Ask your health care team for more ideas.

  • Eat healthy foods. This may help keep you strong and maintain your weight
  • Take it easy and rest if you need to
  • Ask for help when you need it. Talk to your health care team, friends, and family
  • Eat healthy foods. This may help keep you strong and maintain your weight
  • Take it easy and rest if you need to
  • Ask for help when you need it. Talk to your health care team, friends, and family
Eat healthy foods Nutrition is important for everyone. But if you are receiving treatment, there are even more reasons to eat a healthy diet. When you eat well, it may give you more strength. Your health care team may have more suggestions for how to eat healthier.   

Nutrition is important for everyone. But if you are receiving treatment, there are even more reasons to eat a healthy diet. When you eat well, it may give you more strength. Your health care team may have more suggestions for how to eat healthier.

  • Eat at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Limit high-fat foods such as those from animal sources
  • Keep different types of protein-rich snacks on hand, such as low-fat yogurt or hearty soup
  • Avoid salty foods
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  • Eat at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Limit high-fat foods such as those from animal sources
  • Keep different types of protein-rich snacks on hand, such as low-fat yogurt or hearty soup
  • Avoid salty foods
Try to stay active When you are receiving treatment, you may not always feel your best. However, exercise may help lessen some of your symptoms, including fatigue and nausea. Before you start a new exercise program, talk to your health care team.   

When you are receiving treatment, you may not always feel your best. However, exercise may help lessen some of your symptoms, including fatigue and nausea. Before you start a new exercise program, talk to your health care team.

  • Talk to your health care team about your goals
  • Start slowly with an activity such as walking, especially if you haven’t been active for a while
  • Try short periods of exercise. Rest often and drink lots of water
  • Have fun by doing the things you enjoy
  • Try something different. It may help keep you from getting bored
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  • Talk to your health care team about your goals
  • Start slowly with an activity such as walking, especially if you haven’t been active for a while
  • Try short periods of exercise. Rest often and drink lots of water
  • Have fun by doing the things you enjoy
  • Try something different. It may help keep you from getting bored

Get more treatment tips and extra support

With the KEY+YOU Patient Support Program, you’ll get 24/7 nurse support plus resources and referrals to help during treatment. If you have questions or need assistance signing up, please call
85‑KEYTRUDA (855‑398‑7832).