WARNING: IMMUNE-MEDIATED ADVERSE REACTIONS
YERVOY can result in severe and fatal immune-mediated adverse reactions due to T-cell activation and proliferation. These immune-mediated reactions may involve any organ system; however, the most common severe immune-mediated adverse reactions are enterocolitis, hepatitis, dermatitis (including toxic epidermal necrolysis), neuropathy, and endocrinopathy. The majority of these immune-mediated reactions initially manifested during treatment; however, a minority occurred weeks to months after discontinuation of YERVOY.
Permanently discontinue YERVOY and initiate systemic high-dose corticosteroid therapy for severe immune-mediated reactions. [See Dosage and Administration.]
Assess patients for signs and symptoms of enterocolitis, dermatitis, neuropathy, and endocrinopathy and evaluate clinical chemistries including liver function tests and thyroid function tests at baseline and before each dose. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5).]
YERVOY (ipilimumab) is a recombinant, human monoclonal antibody that binds to the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4). Ipilimumab is an IgG1 kappa immunoglobulin with an approximate molecular weight of 148 kDa. Ipilimumab is produced in mammalian (Chinese hamster ovary) cell culture.
YERVOY (ipilimumab) is indicated for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma.
Media Articles Related to Yervoy (Ipilimumab)
Combining ipilimumab with local treatments improved survival for patients with melanoma
Source: Radiology / Nuclear Medicine News From Medical News Today [2016.07.28]
Among patients with melanoma, those who received both ipilimumab (Yervoy) and local peripheral treatments such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy had significantly prolonged overall survival...
Questions Over Adjuvant Ipilimumab in Melanoma
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines [2017.02.16]
An editorial raises questions on data for patient-reported outcomes for adjuvant ipilimumab, 10 mg/kg, in melanoma; toxicity also questioned.
Medscape Medical News
Published Studies Related to Yervoy (Ipilimumab)
Q-TWiST analysis comparing ipilimumab/dacarbazine vs placebo/dacarbazine for
patients with stage III/IV melanoma. 
in this trial... CONCLUSION: During the first year of study, there was little difference between
Assessment of association between BRAF-V600E mutation status in melanomas and
clinical response to ipilimumab. 
Ipilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody against cytotoxic T lymphocyte
antigen-4, has demonstrated significant improvement in overall survival in
previously treated advanced melanoma patients. The BRAF inhibitor, vemurafenib,
has shown up to 78% objective response rates in melanoma patients harboring the
BRAF-V600E mutation but not in patients lacking the mutation...
Ipilimumab targeting CD28-CTLA-4 axis: new hope in the treatment of melanoma. 
Ipilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to CTLA-4 (cytotoxic T
lymphocyte-associated antigen 4), is the new hope in the treatment of patients
with advanced melanoma.Further research is necessary to
elucidate role of ipilimumab in adjuvant setting as well as in synergy with other
novel modalities for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.
Ipilimumab plus dacarbazine for previously untreated metastatic melanoma. 
patients with previously untreated metastatic melanoma... CONCLUSIONS: Ipilimumab (at a dose of 10 mg per kilogram) in combination with
Nivolumab and ipilimumab versus ipilimumab in untreated melanoma. 
melanoma... CONCLUSIONS: The objective-response rate and the progression-free survival among
Clinical Trials Related to Yervoy (Ipilimumab)
Ipilimumab and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) in Advanced Solid Tumors [Recruiting]
The goal of this clinical research study is to find the highest tolerable dose of ipilimumab
and SBRT. The safety and effectiveness of these treatments given consecutively will also be
Bevacizumab Plus Ipilimumab in Patients With Unresectable Stage III or IV Melanoma [Active, not recruiting]
The purpose of this research study is to determine the safety of using the study drugs
bevacizumab and ipilimumab together, and the doses in combination which can be given to
people safely. This study also seeks to investigate whether using both study drugs
lengthens the amount of time before the participants melanoma worsens.
Concurrent Ipilimumab and Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy (SART) for Oligometastatic But Unresectable Melanoma [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to evaluate if precisely-targeted radiation therapy, known as
stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SART), given during treatment with the drug ipilimumab
(Yervoy) will improve survival for patients with melanoma that has spread to five or fewer
Blood samples will be collected for research purposes. Planned studies include exploration
of certain gene mutations and serum markers as predictors of response to ipilimumab
treatment. Research lab studies will also evaluate if circulating tumor cells (CTC) can be
accurately detected and isolated from the blood using novel laboratory techniques and if
they are a prognostic/predictive marker for treatment response. Test results will not be
given to participants or their physicians. In some cases, CTC may be grown for long-term
cell lines for further research.
Ipilimumab and Lenalidomide in Advanced Cancer [Recruiting]
The goal of this clinical research study is to find the highest tolerable dose of the
combination of Yervoy® (ipilimumab) with Revlimid® (lenalidomide) that can be given to
patients with advanced cancer. The safety of these drugs will also be studied.
Ipilimumab is designed to increase the immune system's ability to fight cancer.
Lenalidomide is designed to change the body's immune system. It may also interfere with the
development of tiny blood vessels that help support tumor growth. This may decrease the
growth of cancer cells.
A Combination of Ipilimumab and Fotemustine for Treat Unresectable Locally Advanced or Metastatic Melanoma [Completed]
This study is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a combination of ipilimumab and
fotemustine in Patients with Unresectable Locally Advanced or Metastatic Malignant Melanoma.
Reports of Suspected Yervoy (Ipilimumab) Side Effects
Neoplasm Malignant (135),
Decreased Appetite (29), more >>
Page last updated: 2017-02-16