These treatments work by boosting body's own natural defenses to fight cancer.14 It is one of the most exciting new approaches for treating several types of cancer, including lung cancer. Keep in mind that these treatments are still new, therefore more research must be done to understand which people are most likely to benefit and how best to use the treatments. See About immunotherapy section for more information.
- Side effects: Because immunotherapies work by enhancing or turning on the immune system, they can sometimes cause immune system to become overactive and attack normal tissues or organs.14
14. Cancer.Net. Side Effects of Immunotherapy. Available at: https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/immunotherapy-and-vaccines/side-effects-immunotherapy. Accessed: 2 May 2019.