Toxicities Associated With Immunotherapies

Harriet Kluger, MD, associate professor of medicine (medical oncology), associate director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, Yale Cancer Center, discusses the toxicities associated with immunotherapies.

Clinical Pearls

Harriet Kluger, MD, associate professor of medicine (medical oncology), associate director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, Yale Cancer Center, discusses the toxicities associated with immunotherapies.

  • Toxicities associated with immunotherapies are completely different than what oncologists are accustomed to
  • Immunotherapies are not necessarily less toxic than chemotherapies
  • Pneumonitis and colitis are life-threatening
  • Occasionally, toxicities associated with immunotherapies are difficult to recognize