Chemotherapy immunotherapy treatment

According to the Memorial Hospitals’ leading comprehensive and improved vision of multidisciplinary Oncology care unit, chemotherapy, in combination with immunotherapy, will continue to play a key role in the treatment of locally advanced lung cancer patients. When lung cancer reaches stage 3, it starts to spread beyond the lung where it started. A combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy should be used as the first line treatment for some of the patients. 


Several studies have shown that adding immune checkpoint inhibitors to chemotherapy is a superior approach to chemotherapy alone for treating patients with advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

The most common early warning signs of lung cancer symptoms involve getting worse coughs, constant chest pain, shortness of breath, and weight loss because of loss of appetite and bone fractures. 

75 years old Emine Yılmaz who lives in Antalya, suddenly fainted and she was taken to Memorial Medstar Antalya Hospital. After her consultation, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. The last thing she expected was to find out that she had locally advanced lung cancer. Her lungs were filled with fluid, meaning that pulmonary edema occurred. Unluckily, she had stage 3 lung cancer.

About half the people with cancer develop a pleural effusion. When cancer grows in the pleural space, it causes a malignant pleural effusion. This condition is a sign that the cancer has spread, or metastasized to other areas of the body.


Medical Oncologist Prof. Mustafa Ozdogan, MD, treated the lung cancer patient Ms Yilmaz with an adjuvant dose-dense chemotherapy. After the survival benefit of dose-dense chemotherapy, immunotherapy treatment helped her to strengthen and restore her immune system’s ability to fight against cancer cells as a preventive care. After a long recovery time period, Ms. Yilmaz shared her appreciation for Memorial Oncology Departments’ dedicated physicians and experienced staff. She told that ‘’I started my second life with the support of my family and children. Patience is one of the most important thing for cancer patients. But the most significant issue is by which doctors you were treated and guided”

Feb. 12, 2020