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What are some questions someone can ask to see if immunotherapy is right for them?

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Immunotherapy doesn't work on all types of cancer. But if it isn’t approved for your cancer, you still might be able to get it in a clinical trial if your first treatments didn't work.

Ask your doctor these questions to see if immunotherapy is right for you:

  • Are any such treatments approved for my cancer?
  • How might it help my cancer?
  • Will I get it alone, or with other treatments?
  • What kinds of side effects can it cause?
  • For how long will I need to take it?
  • What happens if it doesn't work?

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Cancer Vaccines," "Immune checkpoint inhibitors to treat cancer," "Monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer," "Non-specific cancer immunotherapies and adjuvants," "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “The Answer to Cancer: Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Lung Cancer,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Lymphoma,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Melanoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Atezolizumab," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy," "Ipilimumab," "Nivolumab," "Pembrolizumab."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Immunotherapy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Immunotherapy."

Cancer Immunity : “Monoclonal antibodies in cancer therapy.”

Cancer Care: "What is Immunotherapy?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Cancer Vaccines," "Immune checkpoint inhibitors to treat cancer," "Monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer," "Non-specific cancer immunotherapies and adjuvants," "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “The Answer to Cancer: Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Lung Cancer,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Lymphoma,” “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: Melanoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Atezolizumab," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy," "Ipilimumab," "Nivolumab," "Pembrolizumab."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Immunotherapy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Immunotherapy."

Cancer Immunity : “Monoclonal antibodies in cancer therapy.”

Cancer Care: "What is Immunotherapy?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2019

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