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What should I expect during immunotherapy treatment?

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Immunotherapy is like other forms of cancer treatment. You’ll go a doctor’s office or hospital. Depending on your medication, it may be:

You may get treatment every day, week, or month. You may have times where you don’t take medication. This gives your body a break as you get ready for the next cycle.

  • Intravenous (IV): It’ll be put into a vein through an IV.
  • Oral: You swallow a pill or capsule.
  • Topical: You rub a cream onto your skin.
  • Intravesical: The medicine goes directly into your bladder.

SOURCES:

Milan Radovich, PhD, medical co-director, Indiana University/IU Health Precision Genomics Program, Indianapolis.

American Cancer Society: "Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know," "What is Cancer Immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: "Cancer Immunotherapy: Should You Participate?" "Head and Neck Cancer."

FDA: "Step 3: Clinical Research."

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, vice president, Kaiser Permanente Research, Oakland, CA.

National Cancer Institute: "Immunotherapy,” "Targeted Cancer Therapies."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Immunotherapy," "Review Highlights Potential of Cancer Immunotherapy Plus Targeted Therapy."

Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: "6 Questions in Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Milan Radovich, PhD, medical co-director, Indiana University/IU Health Precision Genomics Program, Indianapolis.

American Cancer Society: "Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know," "What is Cancer Immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: "Cancer Immunotherapy: Should You Participate?" "Head and Neck Cancer."

FDA: "Step 3: Clinical Research."

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, vice president, Kaiser Permanente Research, Oakland, CA.

National Cancer Institute: "Immunotherapy,” "Targeted Cancer Therapies."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Immunotherapy," "Review Highlights Potential of Cancer Immunotherapy Plus Targeted Therapy."

Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: "6 Questions in Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

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