Ask the Expert: Temodal for Brain Tumour Treatment

What is Temodal?

Temodal® (or Temozolomide) capsules are used in combination with radiotherapy, to treat adult patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of cancerous brain tumour, and then as maintenance therapy. Temodal alone is used in the treatment of adult patients with recurrent or progressive GBM, or anaplastic astrocytoma after standard therapy.

How is Temodal administered?

Your doctor will determine the correct dose of Temodal for you to take, based on your size (height and weight) and whether you have already had chemotherapy treatment.

How does Temodal Work?

Temodal is an anti-tumour agent that acts on cancer cells. Normal cells may also be affected which may lead to side effects.

What are the side effects of Temodal?

Please consult your physician for a list of potential side effects.

Is Temodal approved by Health Canada?

Yes, Temodal is approved by Health Canada.

Do patients have access to Temodal?

Temodal is covered under all provinces’ health care plans. Please refer to each specific province formulary listing for more information about the terms and conditions of coverage applicable to your residential location.

Is there a patient assistance program for Temozolomide?

Yes, a patient support program is available, called The ACT Program. This program is designed to assist patients in obtaining reimbursement for medicine and treatments.

The ACT Program provides free reimbursement support services to help answer questions related to insurance coverage and reimbursement. The ACT Program also refers patients to patient assistance programs, which provide certain medicines free of charge to eligible individuals, primarily the uninsured, who without assistance could not afford Temodal. If you do not meet the prescription drug coverage criteria, your income meets the program criteria, and there are special circumstances of financial and medical hardship that apply to your situation, you can request that an exception be made for you. The ACT Program Specialists are available 8am to 8pm EST, Monday through Friday at 1-866-363-6379.

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