Experiences with Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets parts of the immune system to fight cancer. Immunotherapy has two main functions; it can strengthen your immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells, and it can give man-made immune system components such as proteins. Immunotherapy can be an independent treatment plan, but it often works well with other cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. There are three main types of immunotherapy including monoclonal antibodies, cancer vaccines, and non-specific immunotherapies. Immunotherapy is currently being used to treat cancers such as cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, kidney, lung, and prostate, as well as leukemia, multiple myeloma, and melanoma.

Many cancer patients wonder if they can boost their immune system through natural methods, however it is difficult to do this without immunotherapy drugs. As we know, people with healthy immune systems still develop cancer. Immunotherapy is a specific and deliberate treatment plan to discuss with your doctor. There is merit in trying to boost your immune system simply by keeping a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and by trying to get the nutrients that you need. A strong immune system is helpful in fighting infections that can come from cancer treatments. Immunotherapy is a relatively new kind of cancer treatment; if you have had experience with immunotherapy, then post or comment below to share your firsthand insights with others who may be considering immunotherapy.

    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    7 months ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started Opdivo and Yervoy on the 16th of January. No real effects as of yet, but they gave me a huge list of possible side efects/to...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Keytruda/Opdivo for 2 years. I stayed on Keytruda for about 9 months, then switched to Opdivo because I was fainting when they would...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Yervoy, 4 doses

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    High Dose Interferon, 9 months. Very difficult, in bed with fever for most of the time.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The side effects written in info/papers say less than those that what I and other patients are currently going through. Currently on...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • pattyc
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Keytruda was the immunotherapy I was on. The anxiety leading up to it was hard - infusion #1 was exhausting probably because of that...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • suebond
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had IL-2.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • suebond
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went on IPI. Had 2 doses and had to stop because of side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Francyn
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First dose of Yervoy. No side effects. Maybe some low grade fevers but I neglected to buy a thermometer for a while, so I don't real...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Strickland
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was wonderful

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Jcrn5246
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So far no problems

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • debbybelle
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    New lump found in groin area January 2015. 3 tumors in the Liver. 2 more in lymph nodes. Did round of Yervoy Immunotherapy January ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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