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What are checkpoint inhibitors?

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These medicines are a type of immunotherapy that help your body fight cancer. Imagine your immune system is a car. When you get this type of immunotherapy drug, it’s like taking your foot off the brakes so the car can go full speed ahead.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer vaccines,” “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Lung Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Cancer Vaccines,” “Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor,” “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Nature Reviews Cancer: “ The blockade of immune checkpoints in cancer immunotherapy.”

Medscape: “Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer vaccines,” “Immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Lung Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Cancer Vaccines,” “Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor,” “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Nature Reviews Cancer: “ The blockade of immune checkpoints in cancer immunotherapy.”

Medscape: “Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

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When might your doctor take you off checkpoint inhibitors for non-small-cell lung cancer?

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