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What is immunotherapy?

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Immunotherapy is a treatment option for people living with cancer. It helps your body’s immune system better find and destroy cancer cells, even when they try to hide. It's helping some people feel better and live longer.

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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