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Post by Bart Stewart » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:36 pm

You may recall when former president Jimmy Carter seemed to be on death's door with cancer, and then made a remarkable comeback. He was taking the new cancer treatment, Keytruda.

It apparently works by way of bolstering the body's own immune system and turning it against the cancer. Sometimes healthy organs can end up being attacked, but the odds are apparently looking pretty favorable.

I know anecdotes are just that, but I happen to know an elderly person (not Jimmy Carter) who was in a bad way with cancer, and this Keytruda made for a powerful turnaround. They are not 100%, but the tumors are shrinking, and they have a lot more energy and generally feel much better. No major side effects. Makes me wonder what the next generation of this method will be like.

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Re: Keytruda

Post by Poodle » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:20 am

So how many Merck shares do you own, Bart?

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Re: Keytruda

Post by scrmbldggs » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:45 am

:hmm: pembrolizumab?
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Re: Keytruda

Post by Lance Kennedy » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:19 pm

There are certain cancers that respond well to certain drugs. No miracles here. Just modern drug therapy. If the drug is used for the wrong kind of cancer, it does not work.

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Re: Keytruda

Post by TJrandom » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:38 am

My SIL is on Keytruda - and after three injections, her three lung metastasis from bladder cancer disappeared. She is quite lucky - being the first bladder cancer patient in Japan to get the drug, as it was just approved here in February - plus, it only works for some 20% of patients. My understanding is that it doesn`t work forever, with at least one patient I know of (via an internet forum for cancer patients) needing to switch to another drug after just 10 months. But still – it took her from a 6-to-9 month life expectancy to, who knows… and that is really great. Each injection costs about $20k, but with our national healthcare insurance, her monthly cap is about $400.

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Re: Keytruda

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:39 pm

Congrats to SIL, hopes it a perma-cure.
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