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Appetite issues

My elderly friend started taking Lenvatinib for his thyroid cancer. He had an operation about 6 years ago which got most of it from around his vocal cords and was cancer free until recently. He is losing some weight now since there are days where he has no appetite. He is drinking milk smoothies lately and it seems to work...he has an appetite for other things. ?? I thought I would poke around to see what people are saying about related issues. ## Unfortunately, most chemotherapy medications can cause loss of appetite, and weight loss, and it is a very well known side effect of Lenvatinib, along with constipation, fatigue, high blood pressure, and nausea. What else does he have an appetite for? Sometimes, when it comes to people undergoing cancer treatment, it is more imperative that th...

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lenvatinib, cost

At a cost of $12,500 for a 30-day supply, how can anyone afford this product? ## Hello, Jack! How are you? That is very expensive and I am so sorry! Does your insurance cover any of it? Until this past February, this medication was only available under orphan drug status, but due to the fact that there aren't many other options available for treatment of Thyroid cancer that doesn't respond to radioiodine, the FDA fast tracked it to speed up the approval process. What that means for the price, however, is that this medication is only going to be prescribed for a very, very small percentage of oncology patients and the manufacturer spent millions on developing this medication, evaluating its safety and submitting it for approval to various drug regulatory agencies around the world...

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