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.

    • Jstpchy00
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Still managing almost full time work, but spend most of my time resting

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was switched by doctors to a once per week subq injection. After first treatment I felt like I have been hit by a bus! Head and bo...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • AndreaS13
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The month of high does interferon therapy was the most difficult side effects I had to deal with.

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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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    • gma@lake
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am getting ready to start Leukine injections for three years.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Dec 17 2012 - Started my second round of Ipi (Yervoy) for the course of 4 infusions, 1 every 3 weeks.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Interferon...... side effects are terrible. High fever, nausea, fatigue, aches/pains.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • boko7813
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    We have just started this Chemo treatment. He went through 20 in office infusions which were not bad. It has gotten a little rougher...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Began interferon treatments then had to stop due to effects on my liver, then restarted one month later. First 20 treatments are th...

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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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    • jzwalker
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Starting the end of November 2011, I was given 4 infusions 3 weeks apart of Yervoy.

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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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    • ChrisDee
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'll be starting Interferon therapy on Monday. I'll receive it 5 days a week for four weeks and then I will start giving myself inje...

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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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    • dora201077
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    we start interferon in a few days....High dosage...will be back with remarks..

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • bill1967
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Sylatron (7/11 to 3/12): 2 months high-dose; rest of treatment low-dose until recurrence in 3/12 Very tired first two months duri...

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