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How does Keytruda treat prostate cancer?

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Your immune cells have a protein on them that stops them from attacking normal cells. You might hear your doctor call it PD-1. A drug called pembrolizumab (Keytruda) can block it, allowing your immune system to take on the cancer.

From: Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer,” “What is Cancer Immunotherapy?”

Cancer Support Community: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Overview of the Immune System.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Prostate Cancer Treatment -- Patient Version,” “Sipuleucel-T.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Management and Treatment.”

Scope (Stanford Medical School): “Pioneering immunotherapy drug gets new testing for early prostate cancer.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers -- Provenge.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Immunotherapy combination generates responses against castration-resistant metastatic prostate cancer.”

Clinicaltrials.gov.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer,” “What is Cancer Immunotherapy?”

Cancer Support Community: “Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Overview of the Immune System.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Prostate Cancer Treatment -- Patient Version,” “Sipuleucel-T.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Management and Treatment.”

Scope (Stanford Medical School): “Pioneering immunotherapy drug gets new testing for early prostate cancer.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers -- Provenge.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Immunotherapy combination generates responses against castration-resistant metastatic prostate cancer.”

Clinicaltrials.gov.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 15, 2019

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