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What is immunotherapy for cancer, and when is it recommended?

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Immunotherapy is a treatment that helps your body's immune system fight cancer. It's approved to treat certain kinds, including some types of lymphoma, leukemia, breast cancer, and lung cancer.

Your doctor will recommend immunotherapy if it has a good chance of working and it isn't likely to cause a lot of side effects. But it doesn’t work for everyone, and it may cause side effects you can't handle.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “I’m the Answer to Cancer: Cancer immunotherapy treatments.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): "Hospice Care," "When the First Treatment Doesn't Work."

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy," "Hormone Therapy," "Palliative Care in Cancer," "Radiation Therapy," "Stem Cell Transplant," "Targeted Therapy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “I’m the Answer to Cancer: Cancer immunotherapy treatments.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): "Hospice Care," "When the First Treatment Doesn't Work."

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy," "Hormone Therapy," "Palliative Care in Cancer," "Radiation Therapy," "Stem Cell Transplant," "Targeted Therapy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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