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.

    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 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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  1. almost 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    No problems just unhappily no benefit melanoma spreading all over

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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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    • Keith59
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Finished 4/4 Yervoy treatments...yay!

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Keith59
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started 1/4 Yervoy treatments.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Linda1968
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started IV Chemo now 2 weeks ago with Yervoy , before this I was on Zelboraf that became ineffective. I am experiencing more pain in...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • jack8
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Is not helping at all.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Martha
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    High Dose IL-2

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • bonbon1019
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Continue long term maintenance with ipi

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • bonbon1019
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Long term maintenance on Yervoy every three months. NED almost 3 years

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • jcap
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have only had one round of Yervoy at this point so I don't have too much to say about the drug and/or the reactions at this time. ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • bonbon1019
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    interferon for 11.5 months

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • KymberlyK
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I must state that I agree with the Yervoy treatment so far. He has had few side effects and overall, feels pretty good so far.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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