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Immunotherapy drugs are most frequently administered orally in a tablet or capsule, or intravenously. Even though immunotherapy is a drug-based treatment like chemotherapy, it typically does not trigger the same side effects chemotherapy does, such as nausea and hair loss. However, the side effects of immunotherapy tend to be fewer and less severe.

Immunotherapy helps your own immune system attack cancer cells or enhances your immune system to fight cancer. Immunotherapy side effects are often dependent on your health going into treatment, how advanced the cancer is, and the type and dose of therapy you’re given.

Side effects of immunotherapy often depend upon the type of treatment you receive. Side effects of immunotherapy can be mild, moderate, or severe. 

Other immunotherapy side effects may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, aches, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, and headache
  • Bacterial, viral, or yeast infection
  • Swelling and fluid retention-related weight gain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rash
  • Pneumonitis
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Hepatitis

Notify your physician of any side effects.

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