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An Approved Immunotherapy


BAVENCIO® (avelumab) is an immunotherapy treatment

BAVENCIO is a prescription medicine used to treat a type of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in adults and children 12 years of age and older. BAVENCIO may be used when your skin cancer has spread.

  • It is not known if BAVENCIO is safe and effective in children under the age of 12. 

BAVENCIO is an immunotherapy—a medicine that may treat certain cancers by working with your immune system.

  • BAVENCIO can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become severe or life-threatening and can lead to death. You can have more than one of these problems at the same time. These problems may happen anytime during treatment or even after your treatment has ended

What is the most important information I should know about BAVENCIO?

Before taking BAVENCIO

Share information with your healthcare provider

It’s important to share information about yourself and your medical history with your healthcare provider and discuss possible limitations you may have when taking this treatment.

Before you receive BAVENCIO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have immune system problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or lupus
  • have received an organ transplant
  • have received or plan to receive a stem cell transplant that uses donor stem cells (allogeneic)
  • have a condition that affects your nervous system, such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • have heart problems or high blood pressure
  • have diabetes
  • have a high cholesterol level in your blood
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. BAVENCIO can harm your unborn baby
    • Females who are able to become pregnant:
      • You should use an effective method of birth control during your treatment and for at least 1 month after the last dose of BAVENCIO. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that you can use during this time
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BAVENCIO passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for at least 1 month after the last dose of BAVENCIO

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.