immunotheraphy for lung cancer questions - 1270901

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:20

Hi everyone,

Its been long time. My husband has lung cancer and will do immunotheraphy
my question is

how they will use imunotheraphy? is it with infusion ? the same like they do chemotheraphy?
how many day they will do imunotheraphy in a week?
i just need to know how they do with imunnotheraphy.

common side effect? and how long that we can get full the benefit from it ? ( when the imunotheraphy start it. )

thank you

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Hello, Nia, welcome to GRACE.

Sorry to hear about your husband, many of us here are in the same boat, so to speak.

You don't mention any details, but unless your husband is in a study, it's likely you're speaking of a drug called Opdivo, also known as nivolumab.

Opdivo is given intravenously every two weeks, usually over an hour, but this may be reduced to 30 minutes. The most common side effects are diarrhea and rash.

How long the effects last is an open question, In general, the response rate is about 20%, and if you're in that lucky 20%, the effects can be long lasting, two years, even more.

Good luck, and best wishes.



Hi Tom

Thank you for your response.
My husband's oncologist want to put him in the same regimen like last year Carboplatin and VP16
but he is to weak so they want to put him in immunotheraphy.
He go down hill since they found brain mets. They did the radiation for the brain mets.

best wishes for you as well.