It is important to understand that avelumab 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 treatment (also called anticancer drug) for this treatment is given.
|This treatment cycle is repeated every 14 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 90 minutes
Before your treatment with avelumab you may need to take some tablets called premedications to help prevent you from having a reaction to the avelumab.
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.