Pembrolizumab is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Also known as: Keytruda
As others have stated, if offered this treatment then take it. I am nearly finished my two year treatment and I have been hailed as a success by my team. I only have to suffer tiredness and fatigue, especially in my legs, my aching legs were apparent before my cancer was found, mostly due to heavy physical work so we cannot say whether the treatment has caused this. I had a tumor removed from my cerebellum. I have stage four lung cancer also in my back, pancreas and liver, all have been arrested. This treatment has kept me alive, I am almost 67. God bless everybody at Guys cancer centre, London.
I have just had my 20th session of immunotherapy. 14 months ago I was very weak and suffering from pneumonia, it was at this time that I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I feel that at the age of 76 I was very lucky to be offered immunotherapy and have not looked back since my first session, am now feeling pretty good except very short of breath and a bit of itching, small price to pay for 14 months of life.
I started treatment 20/7/17 and had my 21st a couple of weeks back. The only side effect is itching, but the cream is very effective. I have had COPD for six years and so I assume my breathlessness, coughing and wheezing are down to that. I hope the NHS can afford to give me this treatment for many more years.
I started this treatment just after it was licensed for the NHS by NICE in February 2016. My melanoma had spread to many areas of my body and also some of my internal organs. Within a few months of starting this treatment my lesions on my skin had almost totally disappeared and gradually reduced the tumours on my internal organs. I am still having the treatment with no side effects and my latest scans were very positive and "a cause for celebration". It was changed my life over the last two and a half years and without it I wouldn't be here to see my three grandsons growing up. I owe this treatment so much and I would recommend acceptance if offered it.
For me very few side affects and so on that basis and without knowing anything worse I would not put anyone off this treatment if, they qualify.