Is KEYTRUDA a chemotherapy?

Is KEYTRUDA a chemotherapy?

KEYTRUDA is not chemotherapy or radiation therapy—it is an immunotherapy and it works with your immune system to help fight certain cancers. KEYTRUDA can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work.

Does pembrolizumab cure cancer?

Pembrolizumab is a type of immunotherapy. It stimulates the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Pembrolizumab targets and blocks a protein called PD-1 on the surface of certain immune cells called T-cells. Blocking PD-1 triggers the T-cells to find and kill cancer cells.

Does KEYTRUDA make you sick?

Common side effects of KEYTRUDA when used alone include: feeling tired, pain, including pain in muscles, bones or joints, and stomach-area (abdominal) pain, decreased appetite, itching, diarrhea, nausea, rash, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and constipation.

How do you know if immunotherapy is working?

In general, a positive response to immunotherapy is measured by a shrinking or stable tumor. Although treatment side effects such as inflammation may be a sign that immunotherapy is affecting the immune system in some way, the precise link between immunotherapy side effects and treatment success is unclear.

How much longer does Keytruda prolong life?

The average overall survival duration among Keytruda treated patients is now 26.3 months compared to 14.2 months for those treated with chemotherapy. The 36-month overall survival is 43.7% for Keytruda compared to 24.9% for chemotherapy.

What are long-term side effects of Keytruda?

Does Keytruda cause any long-term side effects?

Side effect Area of inflammation Long-term problem
encephalitis brain muscle-function loss and memory or speech problems
hepatitis liver liver damage
pneumonitis lungs pulmonary fibrosis (scar tissue on your lungs)
uveitis eye vision loss, cataracts, or glaucoma

How quickly does pembrolizumab work?

A response to treatment is typically seen within 2-4 months of starting treatment with Keytruda, but the time it takes to work will vary based on cancer type and the stage of disease. Keytruda is a type of immunotherapy that works by preventing cancer cells from hiding from your immune system.

Does pembrolizumab cause hair loss?

Nearly 11 out of 100 people in the pembrolizumab group experienced hair loss, compared with 59 out of 100 people in the docetaxel group. Mouth and tongue sores affected about 22 out of 100 people who took pembrolizumab, and nearly 32 out of 100 people in the standard treatment group.

How will I feel after immunotherapy?

Fatigue (feeling tired), fever, chills, weakness, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting (throwing up), dizziness, body aches, and high or low blood pressure are all possible side effects of immunotherapy. They are especially common in non-specific immunotherapy and oncolytic virus therapy.

What are the long-term side effects of Keytruda?

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How long do side effects last with immunotherapy?

When immunotherapy side effects show up varies, but most immunotherapy patients dealing with side effects see them in the first weeks to months of treatment. With proper treatment, the side effects can resolve in one to three weeks.