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Immunotherapy Drugs Sometimes Cause Immune Response Against Healthy Organs


A complication of the new immunotherapy…

Immunotherapy Drugs Sometimes Cause Immune Response Against Healthy Organs

Matt Richtel writing for the New York Times reported that “immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment.” However, “as their use grows,” physicians are finding that “an unleashed immune system can attack healthy, vital organs: notably the bowel, the liver and the lungs, but also the kidneys, the adrenal and pituitary glands, the pancreas and, in rare cases, the heart.” Physicians “at Yale believe immunotherapy is causing a new type of acute-onset diabetes, with at least 17 cases there so far.”

Comment: All effective therapies have potential side effects so I’m not surprised.

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