A new analysis looked at health-related quality of life data of melanoma patients treated with pembrolizumab. This measure refers to the individual’s perception of their own physical and mental health over time. The conclusion of the EORTC 1325-MG/Keynote-054 study was that pembrolizumab does not result in a significant decline in health-related quality of life in melanoma patients compared to placebo, supporting the drug’s indication in this setting.
According to Marco Lessa, oncologist at the Núcleo de Oncologia da Bahia (NOB), a clinic of the Grupo Oncoclínicas in Salvador, “the medicine should not be worse than the disease. The oncologic treatment should not impose more suffering than the cancer itself, even if it increases the patient’s life span,” he says.
The objective of adjuvant therapy is to reduce the risk of the disease returning, says Caroline Albuquerque, oncologist at Oncoclínicas Porto Alegre, part of the Grupo Oncoclínicas in Rio Grande do Sul. “However, we need to consider the quality of life of patients, since they have a chance of already being cured with surgery alone.”
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