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Nivolumab (Opdivo) is available through the Cancer Drugs Fund. It is an adjuvant treatment meaning that it is used after surgery to try to stop the cancer from coming back. Nivolumab is a possible treatment for melanoma in adults if the cancer cells were found to have spread into nearby lymph nodes or other parts of your body, but all of the tumours were successfully removed by surgery (known as completely resected).

More evidence on nivolumab is being collected. When enough has been collected, NICE will decide whether or not to recommend it for use on the NHS and update the guidance. It will be available through the Cancer Drugs Fund until then.

If you are not eligible for nivolumab but are already taking it, you should be able to continue until you and your doctor decide when best to stop.

Is this treatment right for me?

Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. Read more about making decisions about your care.

Questions to think about

  • How well does it work compared with other treatments?
  • What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
  • How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
  • What happens if the treatment does not work?
  • What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?

Information and support

These NHS website may be a good place to find out more.

These organisations can give you advice and support:

You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.

NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.

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This page was last updated: 23 January 2019