Creating guidelines for managing the side-effects of immunotherapy


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Abstract

WE ARE MACMILLAN.CANCER SUPPORTIn this article…Role of immunotherapy in cancer careAdverse effects of immune checkpoint inhibitorsGuidelines for managing immune-related adverse eventsAuthor Joanne Upton is advanced nurse practitioner in skin cancer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust. Immunotherapy is a relatively new treatment in mainstream cancer care, which can stabilise disease, and even achieve a complete response, in cancers traditionally classified as having a poor prognosis. Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a new class of drugs and come with immune-related adverse events that are unfamiliar to staff in cancer care. At The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust, an advanced nurse practitioner in skin cancer developed guidelines designed to help staff recognise and treat the immune-mediated side-effects of cancer treatment.CitationUpton J (2017) Creating guidelines for managing the side-effects of immunotherapy. Nursing Times; 113: 12, 24-25.

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