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How does immunotherapy work to treat lung cancer?

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This type of treatment helps your immune system better find and destroy cancer cells. The types that are approved for lung cancer right now are called checkpoint inhibitors. They bring cancer cells out of hiding so your body’s natural defense system can find and kill them.

From: Starting Immunotherapy: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” What is metastatic cancer?”

Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.”

LUNGevity: “Immunotherapy.”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.Org: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

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

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 26, 2016

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” What is metastatic cancer?”

Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.”

LUNGevity: “Immunotherapy.”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.Org: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

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

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 26, 2016

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