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User Reviews for Pembrolizumab systemic

Also known as: Keytruda

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2 reviews 11 medications
Colorectal Cancer
8.0
   
2 reviews 20 medications
Melanoma, Metastatic
7.5
   
4 reviews 14 medications
Head and Neck Cancer
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6 reviews 7 medications
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
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24 reviews 35 medications
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Melanoma
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Summary of Pembrolizumab reviews 4.5 42 reviews

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "Husband with stage IV lung cancer died within one week of treatment #3 of Keytruda. He was 90% positive for the PDL1 marker. After 2 nd treatment he started a rapid decline. He died of a massive lung infection. I am devastated."

   
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Broken (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 8, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "It gave me extreme diarrhea and terrible stomach pain. If I could go back and not take this medication, I would. I discontinued it after 30 days."

   
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Nick (taken for less than 1 month) December 7, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My sister’s doctor talked her out of having chemo for her stage four lung cancer and into having Keytruda treatments. It did absolutely nothing for her and the cancer spread like wildfire within a couple weeks, to her liver, adrenal gland and spine. She was admitted into the hospital for severe pain and died five days later. I am heartbroken and angry that her life was shortened by doing essentially nothing but gave her false hope in a totally ineffective drug. They might as well have given her a sugar pill. Keytruda needs to be taken off the market!!"

   
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Grieving sister (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 7, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for : "My husband has lung cancer metastisize and is dying before my eyes because of ONE keytruda infusion. Within 20 minutes he became dazed, disoriented, could barely walk. This keytruda attacked his liver, kidneys, heart, and who knows what else. Liver number was 1080, up from a normal 30 - 40. His kidney and heart numbers were equally bad. This drug continues to destroy his body. Now he sits in a dazed condition because of the pain and medication needed to control this pain. I know it works for some but this ketruda is stealing my loving husband from me."

grieving wife (taken for less than 1 month) December 5, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My mom tested as PDL1-70, and Keytruda was used to treat. Immediately after her 2nd infusion, her muscles were affected, sore and swollen. Her heart started to beat erratically, then shortness of breath. After 5 day of doctors treating her with steroids, then having no idea what to do or how to treat her, she passed away - while suffering. No cancer was present via CT scans performed the day before she passed."

   
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Upset (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 10, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "diagnosed with extensive Stage IV NSCLC with numerous mets to the liver and adrenal glands. After four infusions with Keytruda all liver mets are gone and adrenal mets greatly reduced in size. Used as first line treatment. Very grateful. No major side effects. Feeling run down with low appetite attributed to the remaining cancer and after affects of radiation to hip bone met."

   
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Sid October 18, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Head and Neck Cancer: "I've been on Keytruda for eleven months now. So far the growth has slowed to where we can call it "arrested". At least it has bought me another year of life. The side-effects are manageable, for me at least, so I guess I'm one of the "lucky" (I don't feel lucky having cancer to begin with) ones from reading the other reviews."

   
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Artemis Captain (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 13, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Melanoma: "My 79 year old husband died having 2 treatments of Keytruda. He declined over 1 month it was horrible. I am so upset and was told immunotherapy killed him. His oncologist said the toxic side effects took his life. I believe it is responsible for his death"

   
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shorty (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 3, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Head and Neck Cancer: "4 injections so far on Keytruda as a first line HNSCC treatment. No side effects. Approximately 70% reduction already in my left side face swelling which is due to swollen lymph nodes that have been swollen for years. 3 month MRI due Oct 8th 2018, so too early to say anything about tumor response. Diagnosed 6 years ago but did no treatment until Keytruda as I did not want to do radiation in the oral cavity and was offered nothing else. I have found many sources indicating the patient must have an undamaged microbiome for the treatment to work effectively. Patients on previous platinum based chemotherapies will have a weak microbiome. Action should be taken to restore the microbiome prior to starting immunotherapy. John"

   
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john (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 2, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Cervical Cancer: "So far I've been on this medication for a month and a half and I have noticed a decline in my strength and I have severe weakness and I can no longer walk. Before I was taking this drug I was able to get around with a walker and I had more strength. I believe this medication makes you weaker which I don't understand because if it boost your immune system you would think that it would make you stronger and give you more energy. Yet it is doing the complete opposite and I am still getting more tumors in my lungs. So I don't think it is doing what it's supposed to do I might come off of it and give my body a break and go back to some other chemotherapy regimen to shrink the rest of the tumors. Let me know if you have any experience like this with keytruda for cervical cancer"

   
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Patvicky (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 30, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "Had five treatments, 2spots gone and one has shrunk by 25%."

   
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yago (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 16, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Head and Neck Cancer: "After taking keytruda from Aug to May 2018 I was in ICU for a week. It gave me type 2 diabetes & Thyroid disease. I had 1 disease. Now I have 3. Thanks Keytruda."

   
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Shalimar123 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 13, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "Although it seems some have had a bad experience with this drug, as in some other posts mine was positive. My father found out he had lung cancer. His brother and father both had also, and passed away at 74 (both same age). My father has been a heavy smoker since age 15, as they were also. After finding out he had tumors on his lungs, we both felt it was a death sentence. He informed me that he was going to do some treatments with a new drug. I had never heard of, and I work for a pharmaceutical. Keytruda was the name of it. Of course you have to qualify health, stage of cancer and other aspects to be treated. He was a high candidate for this drug as per his doctor. He began treatments immediately upon that confirmation. Within three months one of his two tumors was gone. The other had shrunk 50 %. Here we are in August, the other tumor is gone as per his scans, as well as his blood being normal. Now they did not say he was cured, but his treatments have ceased."

   
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Jer August 13, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "So last April my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Turns out she was a candidate for keytruda. Her first treatment she became very ill. Ended up in ICU for low sodium. It was bad. She was very ill and was going to stop the treatments. We and the doctor talked her into continuing and honestly she's done amazing with it. The cancer has shrunk. You would never know my mom has cancer. 1.5 yrs later and still doing everything she did years ago. I'm sorry it hasn't worked for everyone but it truly is a miracle drug for some. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the extra time with my mother."

   
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My mom August 6, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Solid Tumors: "My mother has been taking this for a few months and she has completely changed. She suffers from extreme memory loss, confusion, body rashes, and now has to get fluids weekly because she sweats constantly. She has lost an insane amount of weight, lost all her muscle, and is shaky. Her body is in constant pain. She took a break from it for a few months and during that time she felt better but her cancer came back. They say she will be taking this drug for the remainder of her life. "it'll keep her alive", but honestly, at what cost? This medicine has robbed her of her quality of life. I would never recommend this to anyone who is looking for healing. it does more harm than good."

johndoe (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 13, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "Oncologist confirmed it caused a Heart attack and severe Pneumonitis. Watch your family member closely for shortness of breathe or feeling like they are smothering. Side effects worse than chemo. Has now probably shortened life and diminished quality of life left. We were so excited and hopeful after being approved, now we are devastated. Never thought it would happen because the side effects are so "rare" but it did... after 2 treatments."

   
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4JCL (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 25, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My husband has had seven treatments. The worse side effect has been extreme fatigue although he has continued to work full time. It affected his thyroid, and he is now taking Synthroid. He has been an insulin dependent diabetic for many years, and the Keytruda has apparently affected that also. Working with his endocrinologist to get that under control. He will have a scan done in a couple of weeks. Hopefully it will be good news. We both agree this drug is way better than undergoing chemo."

   
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Michael's wife (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 11, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "To all of you who are taking care of your loved ones! I am a nurse who took care of my father with stage 4 lung cancer! He took this drug and this drug made his life much shorter that even not getting treatment. Shame on these pharmaceutical companies who make money at any cost. This drug can cause serious heart issues and your patient will die due to cardiac arrest than actual cancer. The drug DOES NOT work at all. Shame on these companies who fool patients with these ads on TV. This drug MUST be taken off the market."

   
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Heidi (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 5, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My father in law took his first dose of Keytruda and after few days he felt strong pain all over his body. His heart was beating out of control. After we took him to emergency and after all scans and test the doctor confirm that was the side effect from the Keytruda. After one day in the hospital his heart was already so damaged that after less than a day he passed away. This drug took his live. This drug needs to be taken out of use and revaluated."

   
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cabbelini (taken for less than 1 month) May 24, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Urothelial Carcinoma: "My husband died right after second dose. After the first dose he suffered very badly for next three weeks. He told the RN he is in pain but she sent him for the next does and very next morning he had severe pain all over and specially up back. I read every comment here before my husband started Keytruda but I wish I could understand this medication better. Now I know what this medication did to my husband. He lost his voice and couldn't sit, walk, talk, and he was just crying and asking what is going on?. Why is this happening to me? Your loved once could die worse than a death by cancer from cancer."

   
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Eddie May 19, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My Mom was supposed to have three infusions. After the first, she became ill with several side effects. She was so brave and went for her second one, two days later she was in the ER with a collapse lung. Her health declined so rapidly and she passed away one month later. I honestly feel it was the Keytruda, she would have lived longer without it. Please stay away from this drug."

   
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Dee May 10, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "Well my mom took one dose she had been tired, not much of an appetite. Have hope this will lengthen her life. We will see her when she has her scan done, hopefully it reduces."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 8, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Head and Neck Cancer: "Only had 1 infusion and it was 4 days ago. So not much to report as of yet, but I actually think I'm feeling better. The pain in my stomach and back is less than it has been"

   
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Rebel (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: "My mother been on Keytruda for 6 months , is doing very well. Has had very little side effects. She has 4 stage lung and met bone cancer"

   
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swayne (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 3, 2018

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For Colorectal Cancer: "I had colon cancer & metastatic at stage 3B. 1cycles=8x od Xelox was given to me but not longer working. Start from cea 27 (before did operation on my colon, there are any metastatic on 4 of my lymph node) & after finishing the xelox’s cycles the cea level going up to 510. After this treatment failed, I decide to changed my oncologist as she won't stop using xelox & I wanted to try to used keytruda pembrolizumab for 100ml/every 3 weeks. My weight 53kg. Before I started the first keytruda, I don't know why the level cea has been going down to 358. So I started from a cea 358. She has been given me 3x keytruda. She given me every /3weeks.My doctor advice me to take this immunotherapy keytruda treatment for 8x-16x (Dependent on future situation). And now after the 3rd treatment, the result of my level cea shown going down to 20.58. Every treatment going down until 50% of level cea. I hope before I finish this treatment for 8x (now I am having 4th treatment) it will go down to NORMAL range"

   
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Deny90 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 29, 2018

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