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

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These medicines work on your immune system. There can be serious side effects. Your immune system could attack your lungs, intestines, liver, hormone-making glands, kidneys, or other organs. If this happens, your doctor will take you off the drug and give you corticosteroids. They’ll quiet your immune system down again.

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 December 26, 2016

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 December 26, 2016

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