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What is the effect of immunotherapy in treating non-small cell lung cancer?

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Published At May 23, 2024
Reviewed AtMay 23, 2024

Patient's 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 that are available. One of my friend was recently diagnosed with this disease and i am both anxious and curious abut this. Kindly suggest.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 include checkpoint inhibitors, like pembrolizumab and nivolumab, which block proteins that stop the immune system from attacking cancer cells.

Bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows doctors to examine the airways and lungs using a thin, flexible tube called a bronchoscope. It can be used to take tissue samples (biopsy) for diagnosis, remove small tumors, or place markers near tumors to help guide radiation therapy. In some cases, bronchoscopy can also be used to deliver chemotherapy or immunotherapy directly to the tumor.

As for your friend, it is essential to understand that treatments for lung cancer depend on various factors, including the stage of the disease, overall health, and individual response to specific therapies. Immunotherapy may be used in combination with other treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, or targeted therapy. Your friend must consult with their healthcare team to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

Remember, staying informed and providing emotional support to your friend can be helpful during this challenging time.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

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