It is important to understand that nivolumab is not a traditional chemotherapy drug and has a different way of working. It is an immunotherapy treatment (also called anticancer drug) that works with your immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells. Immunotherapy can potentially affect any organ of the body.
This treatment may be used to treat different types of cancer. Your doctor will advise you why you are receiving this treatment.
The treatment schedule below explains how the immunotherapy drug is given.
|This treatment cycle is repeated every 28 days. It can also be repeated every 14 days at a lower dose. Your doctor will advise you of how often you will have your treatment and the number of treatments you will have.
||How it is given
||How long it takes
|By a drip into a vein
||About 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.