Anti-PD1 immunotherapy pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) has been registered by the TGA
20 April 2015
MSD announced that its anti-PD1 immunotherapy pembrolizumab (trade name KEYTRUDA®) has been registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the treatment of the most deadly form of skin cancer – advanced metastatic melanoma. Australia is the first country in the world to register KEYTRUDA for the first line treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma in adults. This will change the future of treatments for all melanoma patients in Australia.
Associate Professor Georgina Long from Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA) explained that Australian clinicians and institutes have been involved in the clinical trials of anti-PD1 for over three years.
“We are proud to have been involved in the development of this medicine and that hundreds of Australian patients with advanced melanoma have been treated with pembrolizumab. This drug is being investigated for use in other cancers. It is vital we continue to do research such as this to improve the outcomes for cancer patients.”
MIA and affiliates will continue to lobby on behalf of the Australian community to ensure anti-PD1 is added to the PBS which would make it accessible for all Australians with advanced melanoma without delay.
‘We are extremely proud of our ongoing contribution to the global effort to save lives from melanoma, with Dr Silva’s prestigious award proof that we continue to lead the way,'
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
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Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
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We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.