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What happens if immunotherapy and no other treatments work to treat your lung cancer?

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Your doctor may suggest you to take part in a clinical trial. They provide access to cutting-edge immunotherapy treatments that aren’t yet approved for lung cancer.

If nothing helps at all, it may be time to ask your doctor if it’s time to stop treatment and start hospice and palliative care to ease your symptoms and make you feel better. An honest discussion will help you and your family make the most of every day.

SOURCES:

LUNGevity: “Immunotherapy.”

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

GRACE: “5 Key Points on Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Lung Cancer: Game Changer or Just Leveling Up?’

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy and Lung Cancer: Exploring the Latest Research.”

National Cancer Institute: “End-of-Life Care for People Who Have Cancer,” “Immunotherapy.”

Jack Jacoub, MD, medical oncologist and director of thoracic oncology, MemorialCare Cancer Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA.

UpToDate: “Toxicities associated with checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy.”

Journal of the National Cancer Institute: “When Progressive Disease Does Not Mean Treatment Failure: Reconsidering the Criteria for Progression.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 22, 2019

SOURCES:

LUNGevity: “Immunotherapy.”

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

GRACE: “5 Key Points on Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Lung Cancer: Game Changer or Just Leveling Up?’

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy and Lung Cancer: Exploring the Latest Research.”

National Cancer Institute: “End-of-Life Care for People Who Have Cancer,” “Immunotherapy.”

Jack Jacoub, MD, medical oncologist and director of thoracic oncology, MemorialCare Cancer Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA.

UpToDate: “Toxicities associated with checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy.”

Journal of the National Cancer Institute: “When Progressive Disease Does Not Mean Treatment Failure: Reconsidering the Criteria for Progression.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 22, 2019

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