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What are some side effects of immunotherapy?

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Some side effects of immunotherapy include:

Most of the time, these conditions are mild, but sometimes, they can be severe.

  • Pneumonitis (inflamed lungs)
  • Colitis (inflamed bowel)
  • Hepatitis (inflamed liver)
  • Endocrine disorders (problems with your hormones)
  • Uveitis (inflamed eye)
  • Arthritis

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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