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WHEN YOU BECOME A CAREGIVER

As a caregiver, you can help your loved one with bladder cancer in many ways, but your caregiving tasks generally fall into 3 categories: medical, emotional, and practical.

    Medical responsibilities
  • Collect information on bladder cancer and possible treatment options
  • Go to medical appointments with a list of questions you may have
  • Learn how you can help with physical care of your loved one
  • Find organizations that can help you with medical care at home
    Emotional support
  • Be an understanding listener
  • Be supportive of your loved one’s treatment decisions
  • Find support groups for people with bladder cancer
    Practical concerns
  • Take care of errands, household chores, and meals
  • Review your loved one’s medical insurance policies
  • Organize important papers and records in order to be better prepared to address any questions that you may have while your loved one is sick

FIND TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

It can be difficult to make time for your own needs when you’re caring for someone else,
but it is important to do so because it will help you take better care of your loved one.

Staying healthy depends on several factors, but it is especially important to take care of the following:

    Your mind...
  • Keep a journal of your feelings
  • Ask other people to help
  • Join a support group
  • Talk with your doctor
    Your body...
  • Exercise to reduce stress
  • Maintain your health
  • Try to eat well and get plenty of sleep
    And your spirit...
  • Listen to music
  • Take walks to refresh your mind and body
  • Attend religious or spiritual services of your choice

RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

Learn more about how you can help your loved one with bladder cancer, and connect with local support groups.

Cancer Care

This website focuses on helping caregivers care for a loved one with cancer. It offers strategies for coping with medical and financial difficulties and provides brochures that can be downloaded for easy reference.

American Cancer Society

This section of the website offers comprehensive information to help caregivers take care of a loved one with cancer, as well as tips on how the caregiver can take care of himself or herself.

BCG-REFRACTORY BLADDER CANCER

Get the facts about bladder cancer including key statistics, onset and progression of the disease, and treatment options.

TREATMENT WITH VALSTAR®

Find out if VALSTAR® could be a treatment option for you.

WHAT IS VALSTAR®?

VALSTAR® (valrubicin) is a liquid medicine put directly into the bladder with flexible tubing called a catheter. VALSTAR® is used for patients whose CIS bladder cancer did not respond to treatment with a drug called BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin and who cannot have surgery right away to take out the bladder.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VALSTAR®
  • You should not receive VALSTAR® if you are allergic to polyoxyl castor oil or to medicines called anthracyclines; if you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder or a weak bladder wall; if you have a urinary tract infection or if you have been told by a doctor that you have a small bladder.
  • Only about 1 in 5 patients no longer had CIS bladder cancer 6 months after treatment with VALSTAR®. If you do not respond to VALSTAR®, waiting to have your bladder taken out increases the chances that the bladder cancer can spread to other parts of your body which can lead to death. You should talk with your doctor about the risks of waiting for surgery to have your bladder taken out when you have CIS bladder cancer. If your CIS bladder cancer does not respond to VALSTAR® after 3 months or if your CIS bladder cancer comes back, you should talk with your doctor again about having surgery to take out your bladder.
  • To prevent VALSTAR® from entering other parts of your body, your doctor will check your bladder before treating you with VALSTAR®. If you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder, a weak bladder wall, or are having a certain type of surgery for your bladder, your doctor may choose to delay your treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you have severe irritation in your bladder before receiving VALSTAR®. You may not be able to hold the VALSTAR® in your bladder for the whole time or it may leak out. You may have pain or irritation of your bladder during or shortly after getting VALSTAR®. For the first day after getting VALSTAR®, your urine may have a red color. This is normal. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain or if you have red-colored urine after the first day of getting VALSTAR®.
  • Women should not become pregnant and men should take measures to prevent their partner from getting pregnant during treatment with VALSTAR®. If you plan to be sexually active, talk with your doctor about possible risks and use the birth control method recommended by your doctor. Women should stop nursing before starting treatment with VALSTAR®. VALSTAR® may affect male reproductive fertility.
  • During or after getting VALSTAR®, common side effects included urinating often, difficulty urinating, a strong need to urinate right away, bladder spasm, burning and pain, blood in urine, not making it to the bathroom in time to urinate, bladder inflammation, urinary tract infection, need to urinate at night, stomach pain, and nausea. These are not all the side effects of VALSTAR®. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about your treatment with VALSTAR®. For more information call Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-462-ENDO (3636).

Please see full Prescribing Information.

More Safety Info
 
WHAT IS VALSTAR®?

VALSTAR® (valrubicin) is a liquid medicine put directly into the bladder with flexible tubing called a catheter. VALSTAR® is used for patients whose CIS bladder cancer did not respond to treatment with a drug called BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin and who cannot have surgery right away to take out the bladder.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VALSTAR®
  • You should not receive VALSTAR® if you are allergic to polyoxyl castor oil or to medicines called anthracyclines; if you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder or a weak bladder wall; if you have a urinary tract infection or if you have been told by a doctor that you have a small bladder.
  • Only about 1 in 5 patients no longer had CIS bladder cancer 6 months after treatment with VALSTAR®. If you do not respond to VALSTAR®, waiting to have your bladder taken out increases the chances that the bladder cancer can spread to other parts of your body which can lead to death. You should talk with your doctor about the risks of waiting for surgery to have your bladder taken out when you have CIS bladder cancer. If your CIS bladder cancer does not respond to VALSTAR® after 3 months or if your CIS bladder cancer comes back, you should talk with your doctor again about having surgery to take out your bladder.
  • To prevent VALSTAR® from entering other parts of your body, your doctor will check your bladder before treating you with VALSTAR®. If you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder, a weak bladder wall, or are having a certain type of surgery for your bladder, your doctor may choose to delay your treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you have severe irritation in your bladder before receiving VALSTAR®. You may not be able to hold the VALSTAR® in your bladder for the whole time or it may leak out. You may have pain or irritation of your bladder during or shortly after getting VALSTAR®. For the first day after getting VALSTAR®, your urine may have a red color. This is normal. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain or if you have red-colored urine after the first day of getting VALSTAR®.
  • Women should not become pregnant and men should take measures to prevent their partner from getting pregnant during treatment with VALSTAR®. If you plan to be sexually active, talk with your doctor about possible risks and use the birth control method recommended by your doctor. Women should stop nursing before starting treatment with VALSTAR®. VALSTAR® may affect male reproductive fertility.
  • During or after getting VALSTAR®, common side effects included urinating often, difficulty urinating, a strong need to urinate right away, bladder spasm, burning and pain, blood in urine, not making it to the bathroom in time to urinate, bladder inflammation, urinary tract infection, need to urinate at night, stomach pain, and nausea. These are not all the side effects of VALSTAR®. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about your treatment with VALSTAR®. For more information call Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-462-ENDO (3636).

Please see full Prescribing Information.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION about VALSTAR®
WHAT IS VALSTAR®?

VALSTAR® (valrubicin) is a liquid medicine put directly into the bladder with flexible tubing called a catheter. VALSTAR® is used for patients whose CIS bladder cancer did not respond to treatment with a drug called BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin and who cannot have surgery right away to take out the bladder.

WHAT IS VALSTAR®?

VALSTAR® (valrubicin) is a liquid medicine put directly into the bladder with flexible tubing called a catheter. VALSTAR® is used for patients whose CIS bladder cancer did not respond to treatment with a drug called BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin and who cannot have surgery right away to take out the bladder.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VALSTAR®
  • You should not receive VALSTAR® if you are allergic to polyoxyl castor oil or to medicines called anthracyclines; if you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder or a weak bladder wall; if you have a urinary tract infection or if you have been told by a doctor that you have a small bladder.
  • Only about 1 in 5 patients no longer had CIS bladder cancer 6 months after treatment with VALSTAR®. If you do not respond to VALSTAR®, waiting to have your bladder taken out increases the chances that the bladder cancer can spread to other parts of your body which can lead to death. You should talk with your doctor about the risks of waiting for surgery to have your bladder taken out when you have CIS bladder cancer. If your CIS bladder cancer does not respond to VALSTAR® after 3 months or if your CIS bladder cancer comes back, you should talk with your doctor again about having surgery to take out your bladder.
  • To prevent VALSTAR® from entering other parts of your body, your doctor will check your bladder before treating you with VALSTAR®. If you have been told by a doctor you have a hole in your bladder, a weak bladder wall, or are having a certain type of surgery for your bladder, your doctor may choose to delay your treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you have severe irritation in your bladder before receiving VALSTAR®. You may not be able to hold the VALSTAR® in your bladder for the whole time or it may leak out. You may have pain or irritation of your bladder during or shortly after getting VALSTAR®. For the first day after getting VALSTAR®, your urine may have a red color. This is normal. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain or if you have red-colored urine after the first day of getting VALSTAR®.
  • Women should not become pregnant and men should take measures to prevent their partner from getting pregnant during treatment with VALSTAR®. If you plan to be sexually active, talk with your doctor about possible risks and use the birth control method recommended by your doctor. Women should stop nursing before starting treatment with VALSTAR®. VALSTAR® may affect male reproductive fertility.
  • During or after getting VALSTAR®, common side effects included urinating often, difficulty urinating, a strong need to urinate right away, bladder spasm, burning and pain, blood in urine, not making it to the bathroom in time to urinate, bladder inflammation, urinary tract infection, need to urinate at night, stomach pain, and nausea. These are not all the side effects of VALSTAR®. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about your treatment with VALSTAR®. For more information call Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-462-ENDO (3636).

Please see full Prescribing Information.