• Am I the only one that is seeing these commercials for Opdivo like every hour on TV? This must be a big break through drug, because it's

    Asked by Bonecrusher on Thursday, December 10, 2015

    Am I the only one that is seeing these commercials for Opdivo like every hour on TV? This must be a big break through drug, because it's

    about the only one I see advertised on TV. Is there anything else out there that is new and getting this much press?

    23 Answers from the Community

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    • Brokenwing2's Avatar

      My sister has metastatic melanoma of lungs and liver. She is 54 and has had 2 treatments of Opdivo and Yervoy. The costs is $50,000.00 per treatment which Bristol Meyers donated for 4 treatments. The side affects are horrendous and she had to be hospitalized for 8 days after the second one. I have taken care of four family members that died from cancer and the immunotherapy drugs are no less toxic nor are they that beneficial. True, it is different for all patients but I for one am not impressed. Just more big money for very little improvement and lesser quality of life. JMO

      about 6 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Brokenwing2, I am so sorry your sister didn't benefit. Her side effects were obviously very extreme. Most of us do not suffer nearly as bad of side effects as with chemo. However, the people I am most familiar with who have had immunotherapy are being treated for late stage lung cancer. Maybe that makes a difference or maybe your sister was one now the unlucky ones who reacted badly. Opdivo, for me, totally, 100% returned my life to me and has kept my tumors at bay for 3 years and counting.

      about 6 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar

      I agree with everything livewithcancer speaks about with immunotherapy..It is not for everybody, and doesn't work at times, it has for her,and it is for me..I'm stage 3 Prostate cancer on Keytruda for 12. Treatments already and has me in "control"mode, no further progression, continued regression, I have a prostate mutation called Neuroendocrine, that has the same cell surface antigens as the cancers both Opdivo and Keytruda were developed for they are checkpoint inhibitor's PD1/PDL1, for Nsclc, melanoma and Renal cancers, more and more cancers are responding to this Theraphy, and will be the treatment of the future over toxic chemotherapy, side effects can be severe, but don't affect everybody, I have had none for 8 months now...But can raise its ugly head months after treatment ends, I am checked constantly...Chemo did nothing for me, but immunotherapy is prolonging my life.

      about 5 years ago

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