It is important to understand that pembrolizumab is not a traditional chemotherapy drug and has a different way of working. It is an immunotherapy treatment that works with your immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells.
The treatment schedule below explains how the immunotherapy drug (also called anticancer drug) for this treatment is given.
|This treatment cycle is repeated every 21 days. Your doctor will advise you of the number of treatments you will have.
||How it is given
||How long it takes
|By a drip into a vein
||About 30 to 60 minutes
Prior to your treatment tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines (e.g. corticosteroids, immunosuppressive therapy), have or ever had chronic liver infections e.g. hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or an organ transplant.