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Preparing for infusion

Preparing for infusionFollowing apheresis, it takes several weeks for your CAR T-cells to be made in the laboratory. (You can find more information about how CAR T-cells are made here).

Your healthcare team will keep in touch with you about the progress of your CAR T-cells. They may ask you to come back to the treatment centre for additional appointments.

There is a small possibility that your cells cannot be manufactured into your CAR T treatment. If this happens your healthcare team will advise you what the next steps are.

Bridging therapy

Waiting for treatment can be a challenging time for both you and those closest to you and you may be feeling all sorts of emotions in the weeks leading up to treatment.

Talk to your healthcare team about what support may be available either at the treatment centre or in the local area. They may be able to refer you to a professional who can offer counselling and psychological help.

Doing some gentle exercise or physical activity is beneficial in helping to improve your overall physical health and may help manage stress.

Eating a well-balanced diet can also help with both physical and mental wellbeing. It’s important to get the nutrients your body needs from a range of foods, including carbohydrates, protein, fibre, fruit and vegetables, dairy or dairy alternatives, vitamins, minerals and fat.

  1. iconIf you’ve lost your appetite and are struggling to eat and drink, talk to your healthcare team.
  2. iconYou may be referred to a dietitian who can give you one-on-one guidance and advice specific to your needs.

What to prepare

Around this time, you will be given a date for when you need to return to the hospital for treatment.

If you haven’t already, you might want to read ahead on what happens during treatment before infusion, infusion, possible side effects and monitoring to help you feel more prepared.

You may also need to start making arrangements for your time in hospital. These arrangements could include:

  1. iconTelling your workplace or place of study about the time you need to take off
  2. iconOrganising childcare or assistance with pets
  3. iconMaking sure you’ve cancelled or postponed any upcoming appointments
  4. iconIf required, handing over a spare set of keys to a neighbour or friend in case of any problems during your stay 
  5. iconIf required, ensuring any temporary accommodation has been arranged for during the treatment process
  6. iconYou may also want to start thinking about packing a hospital bag. There’s some more advice about preparing for your hospital stay here.
Next Step

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet.

United Kingdom: Reporting of side effects

For patients residing in the United Kingdom, you can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of your medicine.

Republic of Ireland: Reporting of side effects

For patients residing in the Republic of Ireland, you can also report side effects directly via the HPRA website at www.hpra.ie. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of your medicine.

This site is a patient information resource, intended only for patients residing in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are being referred for or have been prescribed CAR T-cell therapy by their healthcare professional. This site has been developed and paid for by Kite, a Gilead Company.

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