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How can you treat autoimmune disorder from immunotherapy?

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Your doctor will give you corticosteroids to quiet your immune system. You’ll probably also have to stop immunotherapy. Whether you’re able to start treatment again depends on when the side effects go away.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Fever,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Impacting All Cancers.”

National Cancer Institute: “Biological Therapies for Cancer,” “Fatigue,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting.”

Cancer Support Community: “Is Immunotherapy Right for You?”

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Flu-Like Syndrome.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology/Cancer.net: “Additional Ways to Manage Pain,” “Skin Reactions to Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy.”

Blood : “Autoimmunity associated with immunity of cancer.”

Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology: “Recognizing and Managing Immune-Specific Adverse Events.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

The Medical Journal of Australia : “Management of adverse events related to new cancer immunotherapy (immune checkpoint inhibitors).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Fever,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Impacting All Cancers.”

National Cancer Institute: “Biological Therapies for Cancer,” “Fatigue,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting.”

Cancer Support Community: “Is Immunotherapy Right for You?”

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Flu-Like Syndrome.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology/Cancer.net: “Additional Ways to Manage Pain,” “Skin Reactions to Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy.”

Blood : “Autoimmunity associated with immunity of cancer.”

Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology: “Recognizing and Managing Immune-Specific Adverse Events.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

The Medical Journal of Australia : “Management of adverse events related to new cancer immunotherapy (immune checkpoint inhibitors).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 20, 2019

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