Common "Immunotherapy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment taken to boost our immune system to fight against cancer. They help in treating bladder cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia. There are different types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapies that are taken to elicit an immune response in the body are called activation immunotherapies, and immunotherapies that help reduce or suppress the immune response are suppressed immunotherapies. The other types of immunotherapy are cancer vaccines, T-cell therapy, and oncolytic virus therapy.

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My friend has non-small cell lung cancer. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 59 year old male Could you kindly tell me more about immunotherapy's effectiveness in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer? I'm also curious about understanding how bronchoscopy is used to diagnose and treat this kind of malignancy. I want to be aware of all the solutions t...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Immunotherapy has shown promising results in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It works by stimulating the body's immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. Some common immunotherapy drugs used for NSCLC inclu...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for allergic rhinitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis. I saw many doctors and had a nasal septum deviation surgery last year too, to control the allergies but nothing helped. I have to take antihistamines twice every day. I take 180 mg Telfast. The symptoms are very similar to having the flu. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Allergy is a genetic disorder and does not have a permanent cure. When we know we are allergic to some substance, the best way to avoid allergy is to stay away from it. This form of allergen avoidance is not practical in your case. To establish that it is an allergy i...  Read Full »

What should I do to overcome pollen allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my allergies. I believe I am allergic to pollen and I have these allergies all year long. I am always snuffing, wiping, started to have nose bleeds recently. I tried every over the counter allergy pill and spray and nothing gives me release. What should I do? Is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Nose bleeds are due to running nose, dryness and crusting, all of which manifest in allergic rhinitis. You need to get a skin flick testing done to check what you are allergic to. Thereafter you should try allergen avoidance, pharmacotherapy and some precautions. If these...  Read Full »

Having chemotherapy for stage IV invasive lobular carcinoma. Is it right?

Query: Hi doctor, The first case of cancer was on stage 3 ER+ invasive cancer of the left breast. Now, it is in stage IV invasive lobular carcinoma, with results of ER positive, PR positive, and HER2 with equivocal recurrent cancer. The site of disease is present on the abdominal lymph nodes and omentum w...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Varadarajan Senthil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is appropriate to use chemotherapy at this juncture. The HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) result is mentioned as equivocal. So please do a FISH test (fluorescence...  Read Full »

My father is having cough and is prescribed with Keytruda. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has started Keytruda end of October and has received two treatments. His third is coming up early next week. For the past three weeks, he has developed this tickle cough that comes in jags, and he coughs very hard to try and pull up what he says feels like a thin stick subst...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query, and I understand your concern about Keytruda being the last hope. As I can gather from your question, your father has received two dosages of Keytruda, and third is due soon. But I could not figure out the exact indication or natur...  Read Full »

I am suffering from chronic urticaria. Please suggest

Query: Hello doctor,So, I have hives, also known as chronic urticaria. Basically, I break out when the climate I am in is hot, or when I exercise. I visited my family doctor and he told me to get a blood test he also gave me a Cetirizine (Zyrtec) prescription which is 20 mg. I have been taking this medicat...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The blood test should determine what allergen is causing the problems in you. Sometimes it can be a combination of allergens. Once we know that we help you avoid the same and prevent the sensitivity reactions. Allergies and hypersensitivities are not cured by medicin...  Read Full »

Is immunotherapy preferable for lung cancer PD-L1?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has lung cancer PD-L1. I need your advice regarding the continuation of this therapy. Docetaxel and Nintedanib are suggested. I think it is too heavy. I would prefer immunotherapy, if possible.   Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Varadarajan Senthil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would suggest going with Abraxane or Avastin plus Nivolumab combination for the following reasons: Using immunotherapy now as you do not want to miss the window of opportunity. Being targeted agents, side effects are not going to be a major issue as conventional ch...  Read Full »

Please advise me on the Cetirizine dose to subside allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking 10 mg Singulair and 10 mg Cetirizine for five years for allergies, asthma, and Lyme. I just got two more kittens, and the medicines do not work anymore. I am miserable and desperate. I asked my doctor to give me 20 mg of Cetirizine and something else because I think my...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please get an allergy testing done, either a skin prick or a blood comprehensive. Next, based on the allergens you are sensitive to, we can advise you on further course of action. With respect to getting tolerant to Cetirizine 10 mg, why not try Fexofenadine 120...  Read Full »

Are genital warts treatable?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a problem with genital warts. This is affecting my family life. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and suggest you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

What is the treatment procedure followed to get rid of allergic nasal polyp?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 39 years old. I have an allergic nasal polyp for the past ten years. I consulted the doctor ten years back. The doctor told me that there is no need to undergo surgery and he prescribed Rhinocort aqua which is currently unavailable, and I have been using other sprays. It is not work...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, we need a clinical examination, radiology, and endoscopy. The treatment options are surgery and medical management along with environmental control. Surgery involves endoscopic sinus surgery, and medical management includes control of allergy and inflammation. I...  Read Full »

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