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Mally

Was told the Opdivo would be a once every 2 weeks infusion, but I think I've also read there's an immunotherapy that is in tablet form. And the targeted therapy for my breast cancer is a tablet. 

Judy M. 

 

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That would be great Judy but only certain people can get that if they have certain factors in their cancer dont they ? The dr did mention that if my biopsy was positive that i may be able to have immunotherepy so is that targeted or different ?ive heard some mention tablet form and others iv every 3 weeks so im too nervous to look up these things and i learnt 5 yrs ago with a different cancer that google info is not reliable.

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Mally,

I did a little research on the most common forms of immunotherapy and how they are administered.  Here is my information:

  • Opdivo (nivolumab) - administered by infusion with a period of 2 weeks from infusion to infusion.
  • Keytruda (pembrolizumab) - administered by infusion with a period of 3 weeks from infusion to infusion.
  • Tecentriq (atezolizumab) - administered by infusion with a period of 3 weeks from infusion to infusion.

There are other immunotherapy drugs under study but not yet FDA approved.  I can't find data on how they are administered.

I think you are confusing Targeted Therapy with Immunotherapy.  Some Targeted Therapy drugs, like Tarceva, are taken in pill form.  But Targeted Therapy is not suitable for your type of cancer, so I believe infusion treatment will be the method of administration.

Stay the course.

Tom

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Thanks for that info Tom and i guess every 2 weeks is good and if its not as nausea causing at traditional chemo but works then im all for that and ill have just 3 weeks from oncologist appoint. To leaving for 18 day holiday so i hope i can get some treatment in before i go ...maybe the new radiotherepy for a couple of weeks and 2 doses of chemo ? Im just upset about the wait because enlarged lymh node was seen on the 21st dec and biopsy done on 29th dec results of that on 3 jan and pet scan next week on the 18th jan then oncologist for results and treatment on 24th jan so over a month those cells have been left in lymph node and god only knows where it has spread to .......i was discharged from the cancer center back last June when my scan at the 6th month mark was all clear ....sorry to rant but its just worrying 

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Hi Mally,

Of course it's worrying! Doesn't seem to me like your ranting, but if you wnat to, this is a good place to do it. You're entitile to!

Bridget O

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Thanks Bridget ....its good to get fears out but dont want my family to worry more than they do so im talking positive with them falling apart out of sight 

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