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Pembrolizumab: An effective option for patients with some types of non–small cell lung cancer


A recent study found that pembrolizumab (Keytruda—Merck Sharpe & Dohme) prolongs overall survival (OS) in patients with a specific type (PD-L1 positive) advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). By releasing constraints on the immune system, this programmed death (PD) checkpoint inhibitor may allow patients’ immune systems to attack NSCLC.