• Who has used Keytruda? I know Live With Cancer has been on Opdivo, I know I remember some of you posting about Keytruda

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, May 23, 2020

    Who has used Keytruda? I know Live With Cancer has been on Opdivo, I know I remember some of you posting about Keytruda

    Is it an injection, a pill, a drip like chemo that takes hours?
    Side effects? Harsh, not much, not at all?

    I will be getting this in Nashville, it's a 3 hour trip back, Sweetie might have to drive home.

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    • omaalyce's Avatar

      My 80 year old uncle has Melanoma which spread to his lungs and liver. He is in great shape, goes to the gym every day (wish I had his dedication, I don't). He lives in Las Vegas and flies to Texas to MD Anderson for treatments. The Opdivo put his lung cancer in remission but did not help the liver so the doctor put him on Keytruda which is shrinking the tumor. He does get tired and says he usually takes a nap during the day. He still goes to the gym and works out and flies to Texas for his infusions, it was every 3 weeks but I believe it's every 6 weeks now. If you have questions for him let me know and I'll get in touch with him. Wishing you all the best.

      8 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @GregP_WN, I never have heard of Keytruda being given any way other than through an IV or a port. It is not a shot that you can get. What I don't know for sure is whether it takes 30 minutes or an hour to inject. I think it is a treatment that is given every 3 weeks, but I haven't been keeping up with treatment protocols much lately and my memory is like a sieve. :(

      What I do know is that you will likely be pleasantly surprised by how easy the treatment is on you. Just watch for unexplained rashes or weight gain ... it took me forever to convince my oncologist that my weight gain was not normal (but that was before they realized that the immunotherapy often affected thyroid function). I hope you'll be one of those who experience complete remission from the treatment, but even if it just stabilizes things, it is a good thing!!

      I was able to quit treatments a year ago even though I still have tumors in my lungs. Provided I get a clean scan in a couple of weeks, the immunotherapy has continued to work even though I am not getting regular infusions any longer.

      6 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Thank you all for your feedback. Live, I hope it's weight gain and not a loss. I was reading someone else's experience that they lost weight, lost appetite, related. I had a terrible time with weight loss in all of my previous dx's. Sores in my mouth and throat caused me to not want to eat. So far what I read it's promising.

      6 days ago

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