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What are the side effects of immunotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer?

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The newest approach to lung cancer treatment uses drugs to help your immune system spot and destroy cancer cells better. It shows great promise when traditional treatments fail, especially for people whose cancer is in a later stage. The most common side effects are flu-like symptoms, fatigue, rashes, fever, and drops in blood pressure. But immunotherapy is new, so doctors still aren’t sure which side effects will happen or how serious they may be.

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Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

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LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

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National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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