KEYTRUDA IS AN
FDA-APPROVED IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR
ADVANCED MELANOMA

YOUR DOCTOR WILL HELP YOU DETERMINE IF KEYTRUDA IS RIGHT FOR YOU

KEYTRUDA may be a treatment option for your advanced melanoma, which means that the cancer has spread or cannot be removed by surgery:

  • Advanced melanoma that has spread to lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and/or nearby skin but has not spread to distant sites is called stage 3 melanoma.

    How Stage 3 and Stage 4 Advanced Melanoma Spreads
  • Advanced melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body is called stage 4 melanoma.

    How Stage 3 and Stage 4 Advanced Melanoma Spreads
Download a Doctor Discussion Guide

Always talk to your doctor about your treatment options so you fully understand the possible benefits and possible risks. For ideas on important questions to ask, download the doctor discussion guide.

Have other questions on your mind? FAQs about KEYTRUDA.

There are multiple options available to treat advanced melanoma, including
immunotherapy like KEYTRUDA. Your doctor may discuss using one or more of the treatments listed below.

Advanced Melanoma Treatment Options: Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy: Works with your own immune system to help detect and fight cancer. Learn more about KEYTRUDA, an immunotherapy for advanced melanoma.

Advanced Melanoma Treatment Options: Surgery

Surgery: Uses an operation to remove your cancer.

Advanced Melanoma Treatment Options: Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy: Uses high-energy rays (like x-rays) to kill cancer cells.

Advanced Melanoma Treatment Options: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy: A treatment option that uses a drug to treat the cancer. It can be given in many ways, such as an IV line into the vein or as a pill that you swallow. See how KEYTRUDA compares to chemotherapy.

Advanced Melanoma Treatment Options: Targeted Therapy

Targeted Therapy: Uses medicines that target and disrupt certain parts of the cancer cell and the signals that are needed for cancer to grow and spread.


 

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of lung cancer called non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). KEYTRUDA may be used alone as your first treatment when your lung cancer has spread (advanced NSCLC) and tests positive for “PD-L1and your tumor does not have an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene.

KEYTRUDA may also be used alone for advanced NSCLC if you have tried chemotherapy that contains platinum and it did not work or is no longer working and your lung cancer tests positive for "PD-L1" and, if your tumor has an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene, you have also received an “EGFR” or “ALK” inhibitor medicine that did not work or is no longer working.

PD-L1 = programmed death ligand 1; EGFR = epidermal growth factor receptor; ALK = anaplastic lymphoma kinase.

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of lung cancer called non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). KEYTRUDA may be used with the chemotherapy medicines pemetrexed and carboplatin as your first treatment when your lung cancer has spread (advanced NSCLC) and is a type of lung cancer called “nonsquamous.”

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of skin cancer called melanoma.
KEYTRUDA may be used when your melanoma has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced melanoma).

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of bladder and urinary tract cancer called urothelial carcinoma.

KEYTRUDA may be used when your bladder or urinary tract cancer has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced urothelial cancer) and you have received chemotherapy that contains platinum, and it did not work or is no longer working.

KEYTRUDA may be used when your bladder or urinary tract cancer has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced urothelial cancer) and you are not able to receive chemotherapy that contains a medicine called cisplatin.

KEYTRUDA may be used when your bladder or urinary tract cancer:

  • has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced urothelial cancer) and,
  • you are not able to receive chemotherapy that contains a medicine called cisplatin, or
  • you have received chemotherapy that contains platinum, and it did not work or is no longer working.

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of cancer called head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). KEYTRUDA may be used when your HNSCC has returned or spread and you have received chemotherapy that contains platinum, and it did not work or is no longer working.

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of cancer called classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). KEYTRUDA may be used for cHL in adults and children when you have tried a treatment and it did not work or when your cHL has returned after you received 3 or more types of treatment.

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat a kind of cancer that is shown by a laboratory test to be a microsatellite instability-high (MSI‑H) or a mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) solid tumor. KEYTRUDA may be used in adults and children to treat:

  • cancer that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced cancer), and
  • has progressed following treatment, and you have no satisfactory treatment options, or
  • you have colon or rectal cancer, and you have received chemotherapy with fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan but it did not work or is no longer working.

It is not known if KEYTRUDA is safe and effective in children with MSI-H cancers of the brain or spinal cord (central nervous system cancers).

KEYTRUDA is a prescription medicine used to treat:

  • a kind of skin cancer called melanoma. It may be used when your melanoma has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced melanoma).
  • a kind of lung cancer called non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
    • It may be used alone as your first treatment when your lung cancer has spread (advanced NSCLC) and tests positive for “PD-L1and your tumor does not have an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene.
    • It may also be used alone for advanced NSCLC if you have tried chemotherapy that contains platinum and it did not work or is no longer working and your lung cancer tests positive for “PD-L1” and, if your tumor has an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene, you have also received an “EGFR” or “ALK” inhibitor medicine that did not work or is no longer working.
    • It may also be used with the chemotherapy medicines pemetrexed and carboplatin as your first treatment for advanced NSCLC when it is a type of lung cancer called “nonsquamous.”
  • a kind of cancer called head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). It may be used when your HNSCC has returned or spread and you have received chemotherapy that contains platinum and it did not work or is no longer working.
  • a kind of cancer called classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). KEYTRUDA may be used for cHL in adults and children when you have tried a treatment and it did not work or when your cHL has returned after you received 3 or more types of treatment.
  • a kind of bladder or urinary tract cancer when it has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced urothelial cancer) and you are not able to receive chemotherapy that contains a medicine called cisplatin, or you have received chemotherapy that contains platinum, and it did not work or is no longer working.
  • a kind of cancer that is shown by a laboratory test to be a microsatellite instability-high (MSI‑H) or a mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) solid tumor. KEYTRUDA may be used in adults and children to treat:
    • cancer that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced cancer), and
    • has progressed following treatment, and you have no satisfactory treatment options, or
    • you have colon or rectal cancer, and you have received chemotherapy with fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan but it did not work or is no longer working.
  • It is not known if KEYTRUDA is safe and effective in children with MSI-H cancers of the brain or spinal cord (central nervous system cancers).

PD-L1 = programmed death ligand 1;
EGFR = epidermal growth factor receptor;
ALK = anaplastic lymphoma kinase.


 
Important Safety Information About KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab)

KEYTRUDA is a medicine that may treat certain cancers by working with your immune system. KEYTRUDA can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become serious or life-threatening and can lead to death.

Call or see your doctor right away if you develop any symptoms of the following problems or these symptoms get worse:

Lung problems (pneumonitis). Symptoms of pneumonitis may include shortness of breath, chest pain, or new or worse cough.

Intestinal problems (colitis) that can lead to tears or holes in your intestine. Signs and symptoms of colitis may include diarrhea or more bowel movements than usual; stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus; or severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness.

Liver problems (hepatitis). Signs and symptoms of hepatitis may include yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, nausea or vomiting, pain on the right side of your stomach area (abdomen), dark urine, feeling less hungry than usual, or bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.

Hormone gland problems (especially the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, and pancreas). Signs and symptoms that your hormone glands are not working properly may include rapid heartbeat, weight loss or weight gain, increased sweating, feeling more hungry or thirsty, urinating more often than usual, hair loss, feeling cold, constipation, your voice gets deeper, muscle aches, dizziness or fainting, or headaches that will not go away or unusual headache.

Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Signs of kidney problems may include change in the amount or color of your urine.

Skin problems. Signs of skin problems may include rash, itching, blisters, peeling or skin sores, or painful sores or ulcers in your mouth or in your nose, throat, or genital area.

Problems in other organs. Signs of these problems may include changes in eyesight, severe or persistent muscle or joint pains, severe muscle weakness, low red blood cells (anemia), shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, feeling tired, or chest pain (myocarditis).

Infusion (IV) reactions that can sometimes be severe and life-threatening. Signs and symptoms of infusion reactions may include chills or shaking, shortness of breath or wheezing, itching or rash, flushing, dizziness, fever, or feeling like passing out.

Rejection of a transplanted organ. People who have had an organ transplant may have an increased risk of organ transplant rejection if they are treated with KEYTRUDA.

Complications of stem cell transplantation that uses donor stem cells (allogeneic) after treatment with KEYTRUDA. These complications can be severe and can lead to death. Your doctor will monitor you for signs of complications if you are an allogeneic stem cell transplant recipient.

Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious. Your doctor will check you for these problems during treatment with KEYTRUDA. Your doctor may treat you with corticosteroid or hormone replacement medicines. Your doctor may also need to delay or completely stop treatment with KEYTRUDA if you have severe side effects.

Before you receive KEYTRUDA, tell your doctor if you have immune system problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or lupus; have had an organ transplant; have lung or breathing problems; have liver problems; or have any other medical problems.

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor. KEYTRUDA can harm your unborn baby. Females who are able to become pregnant should use an effective method of birth control during treatment and for at least 4 months after the final dose of KEYTRUDA. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment with KEYTRUDA.

If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, tell your doctor. It is not known if KEYTRUDA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with KEYTRUDA and for 4 months after your final dose of KEYTRUDA.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Common side effects of KEYTRUDA include feeling tired; pain in muscles, bones, or joints; decreased appetite; itching; diarrhea; nausea; rash; fever; cough; shortness of breath; and constipation.

In children, feeling tired, vomiting and stomach-area (abdominal) pain, and increased levels of liver enzymes and decreased levels of salt (sodium) in the blood are more common than in adults.

These are not all the possible side effects of KEYTRUDA. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

Please read the accompanying Medication Guide for KEYTRUDA and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

 Learn about KEYTRUDA for other types of cancers