Have you ever wondered?
- Why am I taking these medications?
- Are any of my medications interacting with each other?
- Is it safe to take this herbal medication?
- Do I really need to be taking some of these medications?
- Is there anything else I can do to manage my pain?
If so, then medication therapy management may be for you!
Cancer treatment usually means the use of powerful medications and possibly radiation therapy, which may cause side effects such as hair loss, nausea, mouth sores, and fatigue. Medications to reduce these side effects may become necessary. Medication therapy management can help with many of the questions a newly diagnosed patient or patient in treatment may have.
Managing medications can be quite a challenge. You will need to understand why, when and how your medication is to be taken, and have a comfort level in knowing when to call your physician or pharmacist if side effects should become intolerable or potentially dangerous.
The medication therapy management program is available to all Minnesota Oncology patients and is based at our Maplewood Cancer Center, where oncology pharmacy professionals are available to assist you in understanding and optimizing your medications in the following ways:
- Review all current medications (including prescription, herbal and over the counter) to explain how each one relates to your medical condition
- Check for any negative interactions between medications and suggest alternatives if needed
- Discuss any side effects you may be having
- Contact your physician if any problems are identified by the medication review
- Provide a complete list of medications, including the name, dosage and instructions for taking it
- Because emotional support is so important, information about local support groups may also be offered to help you connect with others with the same disease
We have found that most patients prefer to play an active role in their care. Medication therapy management is one way to do that.
Please speak to your clinic nurse if you are interested in this program or call (651) 255-8480 to speak to the Maplewood Cancer Center pharmacist.