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What are severe side effects of checkpoint inhibitors for lung cancer?

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Sometimes, checkpoint inhibitors make your immune system attack healthy tissue. This can lead to life-threatening inflammation in your lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines, and other parts of the body. You may have to stop immunotherapy and get medicines to quiet down your immune system. Pneumonitis (lung inflammation) is a serious side effect that often affects people taking checkpoint inhibitors. It can make it hard to breathe. You’ll need immediate treatment.

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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