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Can you have immunotherapy with radiation if you have lung cancer?

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Right now radiation is used mostly to ease metastatic lung cancer symptoms. Some doctors think that treating lung tumors with radiation first will spark an immune response and help immunotherapy drugs find and kill cancer cells. However, they need to do more research to figure out what types of tumors will respond best to this treatment and what doses to give and how often.

SOURCES:

Cancer Support Community: “Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Treatments for Advanced and Metastatic Lung Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Lung Cancer/Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Biological Therapies for Cancer,” “Lung Cancer Precision Medicine Trials: Adapting to Progress,” “More Immunotherapy Options Approved for Lung Cancer,” “SEER Training Modules: “Combination Treatments,” “Targeted Cancer Therapies.”

Translational Lung Cancer Research : “Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Combination Immunotherapy Shows New Promise for Lung Cancer.”

Lungcancer.org: “Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Cancer Immunology Research: “Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Making Immunotherapy a Reality for the Treatment of Lung Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer: A Guide for the Patient.”

FDA: “Atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ).”

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : “Checkpoint inhibitors in lung cancer: latest developments and clinical potential.”

Cancer Treatment Reviews : “The abscopal effect of local radiotherapy: using immunology to make a rare event clinically relevant.”

Cancer.net: “When the First Treatment Doesn’t Work.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Cancer Support Community: “Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Treatments for Advanced and Metastatic Lung Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Lung Cancer/Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Biological Therapies for Cancer,” “Lung Cancer Precision Medicine Trials: Adapting to Progress,” “More Immunotherapy Options Approved for Lung Cancer,” “SEER Training Modules: “Combination Treatments,” “Targeted Cancer Therapies.”

Translational Lung Cancer Research : “Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Combination Immunotherapy Shows New Promise for Lung Cancer.”

Lungcancer.org: “Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Cancer Immunology Research: “Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Making Immunotherapy a Reality for the Treatment of Lung Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer: A Guide for the Patient.”

FDA: “Atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ).”

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : “Checkpoint inhibitors in lung cancer: latest developments and clinical potential.”

Cancer Treatment Reviews : “The abscopal effect of local radiotherapy: using immunology to make a rare event clinically relevant.”

Cancer.net: “When the First Treatment Doesn’t Work.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

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