My Spirit My Strength

Staying strong in the fight against metastatic breast cancer. IXEMPRA is used to treat locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer when certain other medicines have not worked or no longer work.

Is IXEMPRA right for me?

IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone) is a prescription medicine used to treat locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer when certain other medicines have not worked or no longer work. IXEMPRA can be used alone or with another cancer medicine called Xeloda® (capecitabine).

Locally advanced means the cancer is large and/or has spread from where it started to nearby areas such as the skin or chest wall or to lymph nodes in the armpit area. It has not spread to distant organs. Metastatic means the cancer has spread from where it started to distant parts of the body.

Is IXEMPRA right for me?
See the examples below, which represent the qualities of patients enrolled in IXEMPRA clinical trials. Talk to your doctor to find out if IXEMPRA is right for you.

Patient 1

Patient has met all of these conditions:

  • Patient has not yet received treatment for metastatic disease.
  • Patient received BOTH an anthracycline AND a taxane during the first phase of chemotherapy (adjuvant or neoadjuvant therapy).
  • Patient’s disease came back (recurred) within 6 months of the last dose of anthracycline (anthracycline-resistant).
  • Patient’s disease came back (recurred) within 12 months of the last dose of taxane (taxane-resistant).

IXEMPRA plus Xeloda

Patient 2

Patient has met all of these conditions:

  • Patient received at least one treatment for metastatic disease.
    • Prior treatment must have included an anthracycline and a taxane OR just a taxane if treatment with an anthracycline for metastatic disease was not an option.
  • Patient had disease growth within 3 months of the last dose of anthracycline, or the doctor decided the patient should no longer receive an anthracycline.
  • Patient had disease growth within 4 months of the last dose of taxane.

IXEMPRA plus Xeloda

Patient 3

Patient has met the following condition:

  • Patient received several medicines to treat metastatic breast cancer. These medicines must have included anthracyclines, taxanes, and Xeloda. All of these medicines either did not work or failed to control the disease.

IXEMPRA

Hypothetical patient cases based on patients enrolled in IXEMPRA clinical trials.

Talk to your doctor to find out if IXEMPRA is right for you.

Resources

Patient brochure

Take an active role in your care

This booklet will help you know what to expect from treatment with IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone). To get the most from your treatment with IXEMPRA:

  • Stay in touch with your healthcare team.
  • Let them know how you are feeling.
  • Talk with them about any side effects you may have.
  • Ask what you can do that may help you stay on treatment.
Patient brochure

Side effects tracker

Track and share with your doctor

Use this side effects tracker to record side effects you have and when you have them. Print and complete this tracker for each cycle to track your side effects. Share it with your doctor at each office visit.

Side effects tracker

Websites

Learn more about metastatic breast cancer, also called mBC

Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer by providing information, community, and support that you can trust, is easy for you to access, and is respectful of you and your situation. lbbc.org

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN). A national, independent, nonprofit, all-volunteer, patient-led advocacy organization dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV, or advanced, breast cancer. mbcn.org

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). A not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer. nccn.com

Look Good Feel Better. Dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The group’s aim is to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community. lookgoodfeelbetter.org

Susan G. Komen. Provides a wealth of safe, accurate, current, and evidence-based breast cancer information that has been developed with experts in breast cancer. If you want to know more on anything from understanding a diagnosis to treatments to types of assistance and support, you’ll find it here. komen.org

OncoLink. OncoLink was the first cancer information website on the Internet, started in 1994, and remains one of the largest. This award-winning site is maintained by a group of oncology healthcare professionals who understand the needs of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. oncolink.org

Breastcancer.org. This community and its discussion boards have registered members from around the world. You can register to become a member, or you can simply browse the stories, support, and information that is offered. breastcancer.org

Inspire. A safe and secure place for patients and caregivers to support and connect with one another through online health and wellness support communities. Join many others who understand what you’re going through and are making important decisions about their health. inspire.com

CaringBridge. No more repeating the story over and over. Connect with all of your family and friends at once, giving you time to focus on what matters. By creating a free CaringBridge website, people in a time of need can share updates, photos, and videos, connecting with friends and family who care and want to help. caringbridge.org

METAvivor. A volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for mBC patients, rallying public attention to the urgent needs of the mBC community, helping patients find strength through support and purpose, and making every dollar count to extend and improve quality of life for mBC patients. metavivor.com

CancerCare. Provides telephone, online, and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications, and financial and co-payment assistance. Professional oncology social workers offer personalized care, and all services are free of charge. cancercare.org

Cancer Support Community. Emotional and educational services for all people affected by cancer. This website has a range of information, tools, and support to help you cope with the impact of cancer. cancersupportcommunity.org

Get patient support

R-Pharm US Access + Support

For reimbursement support, contact R-Pharm US Access and Support in one of the following ways:

Phone

Call the Support Center at 1-855-991-7277, 8 AM to 8 PM ET, Monday through Friday

Fax

Fax the Support Center at 1-877-541-7813

Download and complete the forms as directed below:

R-Pharm US Access and Support enrollment form

Fill out this form with the help of your doctor or nurse to enroll in the R-Pharm US Access and Support program. This program offers helpful access and support resources. It can help review what benefits are covered under your plan for R-Pharm US medicines. It can also assist with the cost of your medicine if you have no active insurance.

R-Pharm US Access and Support patient authorization form

Fill out this form to allow the R-Pharm US Access and Support program to provide you with services and assistance. This form should be used only if you filled out an R-Pharm US Access and Support enrollment form but did not sign it.

The information provided is intended for use by individuals involved with reimbursement support.

The accurate completion of reimbursement or coverage-related documentation is the responsibility of the healthcare provider and patient. R-Pharm US and its agents make no guarantee regarding reimbursement for any service or item.

Indications and Important Safety Informationexpand

What is IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone)?

IXEMPRA is a prescription medicine used to treat locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer when certain other medicines have not worked or no longer work. IXEMPRA can be used alone or with another cancer medicine called Xeloda® (capecitabine).

Important Safety Information about IXEMPRA

Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check how well your liver is working before you begin treatment with IXEMPRA and as needed during treatment. If blood tests show that you have liver problems, do not receive injections of IXEMPRA along with capecitabine. If you have liver problems, taking these medicines together could increase your chance of serious infection and death due to a very low white blood cell count (neutropenia).

You should not have your injection of IXEMPRA if you:

Before you receive treatment with IXEMPRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including any of the following:

You should also tell your healthcare provider if you:

While you are on treatment with IXEMPRA, you should avoid:

IXEMPRA may cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following while taking IXEMPRA:

The most common side effects of IXEMPRA, when used alone or with capecitabine, may include:

If you have any questions about your health or your medicines, talk with your healthcare provider.

Click here to see the Full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING regarding liver disease.