Pulmonary Side Effects
Pulmonary side effects are those that affect your lungs and include shortness of breath, pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary toxicity.
Immunotherapy Side Effect: Pneumonitis
Pneumonitis is inflammation of the lungs that can be caused by immunotherapy. Symptoms of pneumonitis include shortness of breath, low oxygen, fever, cough, and chest pain.
Pneumonitis is inflammation of the lungs.
Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring of the lungs.
Pulmonary toxicity is lung damage that can be caused by either inflammation or scarring.
Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
Dyspnea is trouble breathing or difficulty catching your breath. Some people describe it as an awareness of uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of working very hard to breathe. This handout answers questions about and offers tips for coping with shortness of breath.