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.

    • CrystalHay
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had my first Yervoy treatment yesterday! I am VERY excited and hopeful that this treatment is going to work for me...I have my 3 k...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  1. over 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Cold sores have appeared. Exhausted. One day between end of radation and yervoy.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • frid06
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    getting ready for that...

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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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  2. over 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Infusions are uneventful....take 1-2 hours; 1 infusion of Yervoy every 3 weeks for a total of 4 infusions. Started June 2013. After ...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Interferon treatments and MS do not go well together! I made it through the first 30 days.

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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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    • sleahey07
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Some type of immunotherapy that had much less side effects than other chemotherapy treatments I had been on. Two shots in each leg a...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • angelawa
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This was a solid year of treatment where you feel like you had the worst flu of your life for a solid year. It was the embodiment of...

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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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    • kurtzkind
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Intaferon is not that bad I was told by a doctor who had never administered it before?

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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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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Yervoy, first by clinical trial and then with Kaiser.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • kage
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm on interferon self injection 3 days a week

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • wwtn
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Father had high dose Interleukin II (inpatient) for one cycle. It was horrible. Tumors increased & more than doubled in size. It was...

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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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    • buffcody
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Four infusion course of Yervoy running from October 30, 2012 through January 2 2013. Side effects were relatively easy to endure: ...

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