I just finished 2 years of Keytruda (successful in keeping the cancer at bay), and have noticed an increase in squamous cell skin cancers. I have had 5 this year (two of which required plastic surgery to remove). My onc said she thought she had heard something about a correlation between immunotherapy and skin cancers, but wasn't sure. Has anyone heard this, or do you know of any studies?
Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:37
Welcome to Grace. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I hope keytruda was still working and you're just done or taking a break.
There is no belief in the science community that keytruda causes squamous cell skin cancer aka cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC). As a matter of fact there is a phase III trial testing keytruda for use in those with cSCC with 19 countries participating. This is the trials offical page.
I know you'll keep an eye on more of those nasty cSCC. My brother in law has one or 2 taken off every year. Other than some plastic surgery to get rid of them he's good.
All the best,
I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.