Here’s an Overview of the Types, Mechanisms, and Side Effects of Currently Approved Immunotherapies

Kathleen Wiley RN, MSN, AOCNS®


Immunotherapy drugs fall into varying classes, each carrying its own mechanism of action and anticipated side effects. Although some side effects of immunotherapy may appear similar to those of chemotherapy (e.g., diarrhea, fatigue), they actually result from a totally different mechanism—meaning they require a different approach to management. Treating immunotherapy side effects as you would chemotherapy effects would likely result in patient harm.

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