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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Courtsey of Jamie Cotten for the Washington Post

Today’s edition of the Washington Post highlights the Cancer Support Community’s immunotherapy-related resources for cancer patients.

The Post’s health/medical reporter, Laurie McGinley, wrote:

“[D]octors organizations and nonprofit groups are mobilizing to narrow the knowledge gap on immunotherapy — an increasingly urgent task, they say, as the new treatments move from academic medical centers to community hospitals and oncology practices.

“Professional groups such as the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and the Association of Community Cancer Centers are writing recommendations on side effects and conducting programs for doctors and nurses. The nonprofit Cancer Support Community is creating materials for patients and staffing up its help line to answer questions.”

McGinley wrote in her story that “side effects occur in 15 to 70 percent of immunotherapy patients.” Some patients experience mild symptoms such as rashes and diarrhea, but dangerous ones are extremely rare.

She also highlighted that “almost always,” doctors claim that cancer is far more dangerous than immunotherapy side effects.

For more information, please visit CSC’s webpage on whether immunotherapy is right for you. You will find videos of patients’ stories, information on clinical trials, and other resources that can answer questions you may have about this treatment option.

As always, feel free to share this post with friends or family who have received a cancer diagnosis and are considering immunotherapy as a treatment option—and, if you read through our materials and have more questions, please share them in the comments so we can help find answers.

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