NICE publish guideline for use of Opdivo▼ with Yervoy in treating kidney cancer under Cancer Drug Fund
Opdivo▼, for Renal cell carcinoma and Kidney cancer from Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Nivolumab (brand name Opdivo▼) with
- Ipilimumab (brand name Yervoy)
- melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Opdivo is used on its own or with another cancer medicine, ipilimumab, to treat adults whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be surgically removed. It is also used on its own in patients who have had surgery for the removal of melanoma that has spread to the lymph nodes or elsewhere in the body.
- a lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread locally or to other parts of the body. Opdivo is used on its own in patients who have previously been treated with other cancer medicines (chemotherapy);
- advanced renal cell carcinoma, a kidney cancer. Opdivo is used on its own in patients who have been previously treated with other cancer medicines; it is used in combination with ipilimumab (another cancer medicine) in patients with previously untreated disease that is considered to be at moderate or high risk of worsening;
- classical Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), that has not improved or has returned after an autologous stem cell transplant (a procedure where the bone marrow is replaced with the patient’s own stem cells to form new bone marrow that produces healthy blood cells). Opdivo is used on its own after treatment with brentuximab vedotin (another cancer medicine);
- squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN) that has come back or spread to other parts of the body. Opdivo is used on its own in patients whose cancer is progressing despite treatment with platinum-based cancer medicines
- urothelial cancer, a cancer of the bladder and urinary tract, that has spread locally and cannot be surgically removed or has spread to other parts of the body. It is used on its own when treatment with platinum-based cancer medicines has not worked.
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