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What are side effects of biological therapy for cancer treatment?

Side effects of biological therapy (also known as biotherapy or immunotherapy) for cancer can vary among the different types of therapy used (cytokines, monoclonal antibodies, etc.) and from person to person. Some people may experience pain, itchiness and rashes and swelling around the injection site and/or flu-like symptoms. An allergic reaction is possible. Other problems may include fluid retention (edema), heart palpitations, diarrhea, and a heightened risk of infection. Bone pain, headache, fatigue, and appetite loss are also possible. You should alert your medical team to any side effects you have following treatment.

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