Has anyone had treatment for lung cancer called Keytruda?

Karen Richard
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My dad is on it

Tammy Friedman
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My uncle is on this. The doctors told him just to go home on hospice. My uncle insisted. Dr started him on Keytruda. The doctors can not believe he is doing so well and keytruda is working so good for him.

Russell Elmore
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This is awesome!

Tina Lambert 3 years

I am currently on it and it is working great for me. Tumors are gone!!

Jeff Garrison
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For my uncle they are getting smaller and smaller. Congratulations jeff kick cancers ass

Russell Elmore 3 years

Xoxo Rad News! Kick Cancer Ass!

Tina Lambert 3 years

Lifesaver for me

Terry French
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my mum is. On this and so far so good:)

Leanne Vega
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My hubby did 2 times of it in July and it spread to the other lung and his kidney. After those two treatments Dr said she couldn't do anything. He died October 8th

Lillian Kilgore
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So sorry.

Lori Harper 3 years

My husband can’t take the pill but has to have it in an IV. He has had it twice so far but seems very weak. I am praying for good results

Karen Richard 3 years

Karen Richard Keytruda does not come in pill form. It's given via IV (or infused through his Port) typically every three weeks. It's one of the Immunotherapy drugs and works quite well for many. Generally most patient's are on it for about 12 weeks and they'll then do a CT Scan to see how it's working. Best wishes...

Lisa Navarro 3 years

Hubby had it 3x's... PET scan... Cancer spread, now in Hospice care.

Dagmar Thacker
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Do you need to have a genetic test for this treatment?

Nora Hogue
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Yes they have to check your bio markers

Jeff Garrison 3 years

Thank you Jeff. My dad tested negative and the RN wanted him to try keytruda even if he didn't have it wonder if anyone else dealt with this?

Nora Hogue 3 years

I'm not sure if anyone else has had this issue but I would put it on this site and see what you hear

Jeff Garrison 3 years

will do, thank you

Nora Hogue 3 years

My mum tested no but they have put her on it anyway. She's had 2 treatments so far x

Amy Mcleod 3 years
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My mom has been on Keytruda for just at a year now and is considered in remission!

Tammi Mcgill
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What type of LC does this work for? I'm afraid I don't know much about the meds

Kristen Dewitt
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Non Small Cell Lung Cancer as well as other types of cancer. You can go online to the Keytruda website for lots of information. It's manufactured by Merck. It is not being used for several types of Cancer and can be used alone and as a first line treament for some patients who test high for a biomarker called PLD1 -- There is also a new "Triplet" of two Chemo Drugs (Carbo, Alimta) and Keytruda and in this triplet it can be given regardless of PDL1 Status.

Lisa Navarro 3 years

Thank you!! So much to learn, I greatly appreciate the info

Kristen Dewitt 3 years

My dad did 4 treatments. Did not respond well. He is now on chemo. Makes him feel really bad but last scan showed the chemo is working... I wish he would have responded to keytruda... Heard so many good things about it... Good luck!

Angie Woodard
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When you say didn't respond well how do you mean?

Laci Rhoades 3 years

My father was first on keytruda for treatment. While on keytruda he had progression. He did not respond to keytruda. He so far has responded very well to his first 4 cycles of chemo. He has 1 more this year. That will make 8 chemo treatments since June. Then we will rescan....

Angie Woodard 3 years

I'm happy to hear that he is doing good. My mom begin keytruda last week and she is not responding well. She has stage 4 lung adenocarcinoma. Her body is too weak for chemo.

Laci Rhoades 3 years

Laci Rhoades I'm so sorry.... This is so hard on all of us.... I will be praying for your mom and you and your family...

Angie Woodard 3 years

Thank you. I'll be praying for your dad as well!

Laci Rhoades 3 years

My husband gets keytruda and two kinds of chemo had his third treatment. He's weak for the first week then he's OK

Marsha Villalobos
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My husband has stage four nsc and adnocarcinoma

Marsha Villalobos
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That is what my husband has. How are they treating him?

Merri Martin 3 years

Two different kinds chemo and keytruda he had his third treatment yesterday he has a port. Every three weeks

Marsha Villalobos 3 years

My husband has already gone thru chemo then out on avastin. Tumor was stable until this last pet scan no shows a change a possibly in a lymph node. Also cells in the pleural fluid. Hopefully they will test to see if he can do keytruda.

Merri Martin 3 years

Keytruda did not work for me because I have a ALK mutation in my cancer. I went to different oncologist and she put me on a targeted therapy for that mutation and my tumors are shrinking
I am really glad I changed Drs.

Teri Stubbs
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I'm just glad there are so many ways to combat this horrible disease these days.

Terry French
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Did not work for me, and I am negative for pdl1 but had to try. I had disease progression and got a very bad cough from it. Now back on chemo gemcitabine. Hope this works for you guys

Ruth Murdock
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How long on gemcitabine...... Any results yet?

Kitt Godfrey 3 years

just finished my first cycle - scan in 2 months. Are you on it kitt

Ruth Murdock 3 years

My dad has had two infusions of Keytruda so far. Treatment got interrupted due to pneumonia and surgery to remove fluid from his lung chest wall. Hopefully he will be healthy to get his third treatment on Wednesday. Two oncologists he has seen told us that so many patients on Keytruda seem like they get worse before they get well.

Chami Collins
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For those in this group who are getting good results from Keytruda treatment, I would like to share a breakthrough in Immunotherapy treatment: Do not quit treatment, be on it as long as it continues to work for you. My dad's oncologist learned it at a recent lung cancer conference he attended. If you need his name, pls feel free to pm me; your oncologist could discuss this with him.

Chami Collins
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My mom has nsclc with 90% PD-L1 3.7 mm tumor on left lung with mets to lower lympnode. So far had one Keytruda treatment earlier this month and no side effects. I hope it's working.

Jeff Carlson
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I asked for it but they said I am not suitable. I have now asked for Opdivo but not having any treatment as Oncologist says Its still the same as it was! So no treatment. Gave me months to live and now says its the same whatever that means. I was very ill on chemo hospitalised for 17 days but got over that,

Angie Kirby
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cant they try another chemo? There are so many even when you dont have mutations

Ruth Murdock 3 years

im hoping. Not giving in.

Angie Kirby 3 years

Angie Kirby I'd go for a second opinion. To use Keytruda you need to have a High PDL1 Expression (as a first line treatment), but since it sounds like you already tried Chemo, you should be eligible for Opdivo or Tecentriq (both Immunotherpay drugs) which do NOT require a high PDL1 and both can be tried after Chemo.-- Not sure why your Onc is not offering any treatment? That confuses me? You can also look into clinical trials. If you still want to fight, it should be your choice. Best wishes..

Lisa Navarro 3 years

Thank you for info. Ladies

Angie Kirby 3 years

we were told that the PDL 1 had to be high for any of the drugs [ opdivo and keytruda]... Had 3 different opinions and all said the same

Jeanne Mckenzie 3 years
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I have had 3 infusion of Keytruda. Wonderful stuff. I have stage 4 nsclc. I got 20 rounds of megavolt photon radiation therapy now getting Keytruda every 3 weeks. I get tired easy and cough up tumor a lot, other than that I'm good to go. Good luck and God bless.

Terri Mcneil
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Thank you

Angie Kirby 3 years

I wasnt a match for keytruda so am on tecentriq. 5 treatments so far

Marlene Mcgill
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My mom has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 lung adenocarcinoma. Her body is too weak for chemo so they started keytruda last week. Every sense she is feeling weaker, having sweats, nausea, and vomiting. Is this normal?

Laci Rhoades
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