Keytruda is an immunotherapy medicine for the treatment of cancer. For those head and neck cancer patients who have mestatic squamous cell cancer, this is a new treatment option. Previously patients were treated with platinum therapies - chemo therapy. However, now we are meeting people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, completely cancer free following treatment with Keytruda.
In New Zealand Keytruda is not publicly funded. So those who can afford to pay for the expensive treatment can access it. Those who cannot afford it are prepared for end of life.
We believe Keytruda should be a fully funded treatment option for any New Zealander that needs it.
Please sign Diana Ayling’s Petition to fund Keytruda. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_89949/petition-of-diana-ayling-for-head-and-neck-cancer-support