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.

  1. almost 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have had 9 keytruda treatments. It has shrunk the cancer, but the cancer is still showing it's ugly face!

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jeepnut40
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It's been awhile since I updated my page. I'm now 10 treatments into Keytruda or PD1 with my 11th coming this Thursday afternoon. I'...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Kaela
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1 year, long tough journey

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • cancerguy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was stage 3b from Jul 2010 to March 2014. Re-staged to stage 4 in March 2014. It's been a rough ride. Many hospital stays, ER t...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • evleye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Keytruda, joint pain and fatigue that are annoying, not debilitating.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • evleye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Did 1 dose of Yervoy and started colitis symptoms within a week. Also had hair thin out and skin rash/itching. Discontinued and mo...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • evleye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    DId two weeks of IL-2. Severe abdominal issues that resolved quickly (within a week of discharge). Did not work

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KatB
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Yervoy, June-August 2014

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Babsie24
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start my 52 week interferon treatment on Feb 10th. I have been reading as many blogs about the treatment as I can, to see what eve...

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ineedpeace
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have myself Leukine shots in my tummy. Gave one daily for 2 weeks then off for two weeks.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jeepnut40
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I finished up my treatment with the Yervoy on January 22. The first treatment wasn't really big deal, the second treatment was a lit...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am taking Yervoy. I have not completed course yet. Next week will be 3rd dose.

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