Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

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Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby Catherine Poole » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:38 pm

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Re: Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby jeffb » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:05 pm

Great news!
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Re: Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby Catherine Poole » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:33 am

Yes, finally some less toxic and more responsive drugs for our stage 3 folks. It will for a one year duration of infusions every two weeks. I imagine the other PD1, Keytruda will follow suit.
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Re: Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby eternitye » Wed May 16, 2018 6:07 am

Hi Catherine,

My apologies if this is the wrong place to ask this question, however do you know when/if Opdivo will be approved for Stage III adjuvant treatment in Europe? I am located in Poland and have been informed by all specialists whom I've spoken with here here that there is no immunotherapy available for stage III, and currently no clinical trials which I could qualify for.

I am currently sitting in the hospital after my CLND (not sure yet how many were involved, definitely one palpable node so I am at least IIIb). I was diagnosed stage II last August, but during a tourine scan they found a suspect lymph node which turned out to be melanoma in my left armpit (same armpit they took the sentinel nodes from at the time of the SLND)

I wonder if there is a way to get immunotherapy.. watch and wait seems nerve-wracking and I would prefer to fight this more actively!

Thank you in advance for any advice you might have.
Best,
Eva
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Re: Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby Catherine Poole » Wed May 16, 2018 1:37 pm

Hi Eva,
Sorry to hear you went through that surgery. Hope the healing process goes well. I'm uncertain when the EU or other global sites will have the immunotherapy approved for adjuvant therapy. I do hope to embark on more research on the global front at ASCO first week of June and gather what I can. I can tell you that many docs are not prescribing it for stage III unless very high risk and watching and waiting will still be the normal course of things. Best wishes on your recovery.
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Re: Opdivo approved for stage III adjuvant therapy

Postby eternitye » Thu May 17, 2018 2:18 am

Hi Catherine,
Thank you for your quick response! I look forward to hearing the results of your research :) It looks like I should be healing ok, very little pain and I am going home today, so fingers crossed!
Thanks again, and I will be checking in on the forum regularly :)
Best regards,
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