• Starting Immunotherapy: What to Expect

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    Starting Immunotherapy: What to Expect

    Lung cancer has long been considered one of the most challenging cancers to treat because it has usually spread by the time you’re diagnosed. When it spreads to other body parts, doctors refer to it as metastatic. The newest field of cancer medicine, called immunotherapy, is an effective treatment option for metastatic lung cancer.

    Getting Started

    This type of treatment helps your immune system better find and destroy cancer cells. The types that are approved for lung cancer right now are called checkpoint inhibitors. They bring cancer cells out of hiding so your body’s natural defense system can find and kill them. There are four FDA-approved immunotherapy drugs for NSCLC: atezolizumab (Tecentriq), durvalumab (Imfinzi), nivolumab (Opdivo), and pembrolizumab (Keytruda). Read the full article here>> https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/immunotherapy-lung-19/lung-cancer-immunotherapy-what-to-expect

    1 Answer from the Community

    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      My brother is currently being treated w Keytruda for esophageal ca w Mets to the lung. He had his second dose today and thus far few side effects. He has been told it will be about 4 mo before they will know anything definitively. More waiting. I know a young woman who has been treated with immunotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is doing very well. Is able to work full time, is socially active, etc. Some minor fatigue but manageable with good sleep hygiene.

      about 1 year ago

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