Cancer drug Keytruda needs to be on the PBS. Every 3 weeks a pensioner has to pay $3169 !!
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My friend Jill had major colon surgery for bowel cancer in October 2016. Four weeks later she started chemotherapy and the side effects were so severe she required hospitalisation 3 times.
Her particular type of cancer represents 5% percentage of bowel cancers. Her oncologist suggested an immunotherapy treatment (Keytruda) to unblock the immune system which has a 60% success rate. She has had two treatments thus far to good effect but each treatment costs $3169 and she as she is a pensioner she does not have access to large financial assets.
Jill needs Keytruda every 3 weeks: it needs to be listed on the PBS so Jill and others can live without their families having to sell their homes to pay for their loved ones treatment.
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