Everett Vokes, MD, UChicago Medicine medical oncologist
Medical oncologist Everett E. Vokes, MD, in an internationally known expert in lung cancer treatment and serves as UChicago Medicine's physician-in-chief and chair of the Department of Medicine.

Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. There are several types of immunotherapy, which work in different ways to treat different types of cancer.

Immune checkpoint inhibitors are used to treat certain non-small cell lung cancers. These drugs block proteins (PD-1 and PD-L1) that cancer cells use to disarm an immune response, enabling disease-fighting T-cells to attack, shrink or destroy tumor cells.

In some cases, checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. pembrolizumab, nivolumab, atezolizumab, durvalumab) are given before, along with, or instead of chemotherapy. They can also be combined with radiation therapy or surgery.

Understanding Lung Cancer

Medical oncologist Christine Bestvina, MD, thoracic surgeon Jessica Donington, MD, and patient Kathy Tentinger joined us for a candid conversation on lung cancer screening, novel lung cancer treatment options and the latest clinical trials offered at UChicago Medicine.

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