A nurse is reviewing treatment options with a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer. The patient asks the nurse about immunotherapy vs. chemotherapy. Which of the following information regarding immunotherapy is correct when the nurse provides education for this patient? Select all that apply.

 

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- Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer

- Immunotherapy adds to the elements of the immune system

- Immunotherapy is sometimes called biotherapy

- Immunotherapy is called targeted therapy because it eliminates cancer metastases

- Immunotherapy that is non-specific only treats symptoms of cancer, not the cancer itself

Rationale

Immunotherapy is a form of treatment for some types of cancer; when providing education to patients who may consider this or other forms of treatment, the nurse must be knowledgeable about the process to be able to explain it correctly. Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer; it may also involve adding certain elements, such as proteins, that help the immune system. Immunotherapy is also sometimes called biotherapy.

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