It is registered by Medsafe for the treatment of adult patients with aBCC when:
- The cancer has spread to other parts of the body (called ‘metastatic’ basal cell carcinoma), or
- The cancer has spread to surrounding areas (called ‘locally advanced’ basal cell carcinoma), and your doctor has decided that treatment with surgery or radiation is not appropriate.
How Erivedge works
Problems with a signal found in certain cells in the body can cause BCC cancer cells to grow. More than 90% of all BCCs have this abnormal signalling, which takes place in what’s known as the ‘hedgehog pathway’.
Erivedge is an inhibitor of the hedgehog signalling pathway. It works by interrupting the cell signalling — which can slow the growth of cancer cells, stop them growing altogether, or kill them. As a result, your skin cancer may shrink.
Always talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Clinical trial data
The efficacy and safety of Erivedge as a treatment for patients with aBCC has been studied in clinical trials.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, ask your doctor.
Keep in mind that everyone is different, and the response and benefit you may experience with Erivedge cannot be predicted.
How to access Erivedge therapy
Erivedge is registered by Medsafe, but not publicly funded by PHARMAC. This means you will have to pay for this medicine. Paying for treatment requires careful thought, but there are financial options that may help you fund private treatment. If you have health insurance, carefully check what’s covered — every health insurance provider has different rules and benefits that cover cancer treatment, surgery, tests and specialist appointments.
The Erivedge Therapy Cost Share Programme
Roche New Zealand has set up a cost share programme for Erivedge, to enable patients to access the medicine at a discounted price.
If you are considering treatment with Erivedge, ask your doctor about:
• How much will the medicine cost me?
• What benefits might the medicine give me?
• What are the possible risks or side effects?
• Is the Cost Share Programme available to me for this medicine?
Erivedge comes in a tablet form, so you can take it at home.
All treatments need to be considered in line with your individual situation, and your doctor will determine whether Erivedge is the right treatment for you.
Ready to take the next step?
Making decisions about treatment options involves working through the advantages and disadvantages, so you can decide what may work best for you and your loved ones.
Because every situation is different, it’s important to speak to your doctor to find out if Erivedge is right for you.
Talking to your doctor about Erivedge
We’ve put together a discussion guide to help you begin a conversation with your doctor about Erivedge. Print it off, take it along to your next appointment, and take notes in the spaces provided.
For further information about private treatment providers click here.
You can also talk to your current doctor about referral to a private doctor or treatment centre.