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What other cancer treatments can I try if immunotherapy is not working?

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If immunotherapy isn’t working, you might get:

  • Radiation, which kills cancer cells or stops their growth.
  • Chemotherapy, which uses drugs to kill or stop the growth of cancer cells.
  • Targeted therapy, which zeroes in on things that help cancer cells multiply and survive.
  • Hormone therapy for cancers that need hormones to grow, like those of the breast and prostate.
  • A stem cell transplant, which replaces damaged cells in your bone marrow with healthy ones.

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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