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Frequently Asked Questions

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How does cancer immunotherapy work?

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Unlike traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation, cancer immunotherapy works by helping the body’s own immune system fight certain kinds of cancers.

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Is cancer immunotherapy a type of chemotherapy?

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The simple answer to this question is NO. Cancer immunotherapy is different from traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation.

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How do I take cancer immunotherapy?

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There are different ways that you or your loved one might be given cancer immunotherapy.

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Is cancer immunotherapy right for me or my loved one?

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Cancer immunotherapy is different from traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation. Cancer immunotherapy works by helping the body’s own immune system fight certain kinds of cancers.  

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What are the possible side effects of cancer immunotherapy?

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As with any drug or medical treatment, cancer immunotherapy could result in side effects.  Which side effects you experience, as well as their severity, depend on many factors, like your overall health, the type of cancer being treated, which medication is being used and how it is given to you.

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How long will I need to take cancer immunotherapy?

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Your doctor will determine the best length of treatment for you based on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, the type of cancer immunotherapy used, and how your body reacts to treatment.

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Will I need to do any tests before I can start cancer immunotherapy?

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You will have many appointments with your doctor and healthcare team following your cancer diagnosis and throughout your cancer immunotherapy treatment. Your doctor will request different tests, such as blood tests and scans, to track your progress and look for any changes before, during and after your cancer immunotherapy treatment.