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What Can I Expect With Immunotherapy?

How is immunotherapy administered and what are the side effects? Get answers to these questions and more in this video, with Jennifer Caudle, DO.

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LISA: Hi there, Dr. Caudle. My doctor thinks immunotherapy might be the best to treat non-small-cell lung cancer.
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What can I expect in terms of treatment? How is it administered? Are there any side effects?
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Hey, Lisa, those are really awesome questions. You know, everyone wants to know what if any side effects might occur during treatment.
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And it's so great to be proactive. So thanks for asking.
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There are several types of immunotherapy. And they're given in different ways. Depending on the type of therapy you'll be receiving, it may be delivered intravenously,
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using an IV, or orally in a pill or a capsule. Typically, immunotherapy is administered in your doctor's
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office or an outpatient clinic.
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In general, immunotherapy may cause reactions on the skin at the needle site if it's delivered intravenously.
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Things like pain, or swelling, even soreness, redness, or a rash might occur. Some may experience what's called an infusion
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reaction to immunotherapy. This can include fever, chills, itchy skin, feelings of dizziness, and trouble breathing.
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If you have any of these symptoms, it's important to tell your doctor or nurse right away. This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects.
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So make sure you talk to your doctor about any changes you notice or side effects you think may be a result of the immunotherapy.

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