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Peter, 33, presents to your pharmacy requesting something for the burning feeling he is experiencing in his upper abdomen. He explains he has been experiencing this discomfort for the past few days around mid-morning, after he has taken his steroid medicine with his breakfast, which consists only of a morning coffee. You discuss his medical history and learn that he has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma and has been receiving immunotherapy with pembrolizumab. You ascertain that he is currently taking prednisolone 25 mg a day and ibuprofen 400 mg when required for mild muscle aches.
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Competency standards (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5
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The article ‘Cutaneous melanoma: the role of oral targeted therapies’, published in the November edition of Australian Pharmacist, provided an overview of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and staging of melanoma, along with the use of oral targeted therapies for the treatment of BRAF V600 mutant melanoma.1 This article will focus on the use of im
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