Respiratory Difficulties in Children With Underlying Asthma During Immunotherapy for High-risk Neuroblastoma

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Abstract

Treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma now includes antibody based antitumor immunotherapy as part of standard care. Although this therapy has resulted in dramatic improvements in survival, it is associated with significant side effects. Children with underlying respiratory issues, and in particular asthma, may be more susceptible to immunotherapy associated respiratory compromise and pulmonary complications. Early routine involvement of pulmonology care is warranted for these patients in an effort to allow maximal delivery of immunotherapy and minimize acute and long-term complications.

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