It is important to understand that ipilimumab and nivolumab are not traditional chemotherapy drugs and a have different way of working. They are immunotherapy treatments that work with your immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells.
The treatment schedule below explains how the immunotherapy drugs (also called anticancer drugs) for this treatment are given.
|Ipilimumab and nivolumab
|This treatment cycle (ipilimumab and nivolumab) is repeated every 21 days. You will have 4 cycles. This is then followed by single agent nivolumab every 14 days. Your doctor will advise you of the number of treatments of single agent nivolumab you will have.
||How it is given
||How long it takes
|By a drip into a vein
||About 2.5 hours
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.