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( PEM broe LIZ ue mab )
Other Name(s): Keytruda®
Appearance: solution mixed into larger bags of fluids

Drug Formulary information is intended for use by healthcare professionals. It is not intended to be medical advice. Some of the information, including information about funding for cancer drugs, does not apply to all patients. Cancer treatment plans are unique to each patient. If you are a patient, please speak with your healthcare team to understand how this information applies to you.

Drug Monograph

Feb 2023

Patient Info Sheet

Jan 2023

What it is used for

  • For treating certain types of cancers such as skin (called melanoma), non-small cell lung, head and neck, renal cell (kidney), colorectal, endometrial, cervical, bladder or urinary tract, breast, esophageal and others. It is also used to treat some types of lymphomas.
  • Pembrolizumab is an immunotherapy drug. For more information on immunotherapy, click here.

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