My FIL has Stage IV cancer, and it's terminal. That said, his oncologist thinks that he's a candidate for immunotherapy, to try to give him some symptom relief, and perhaps give him a few more months, or up to a year. That said, I've researched this drug (Atezolizumab), and the side effects seem extensive! Dad is already very weak, he's lost a lot of weight in the last few months (to the point where his radiation doctor said to just give him any calories we can, doesn't matter if it's super healthy food or not), and he has dementia, among other issues. The oncologist said that he thinks the benefits of immunotherapy outweigh the risks, but he also admitted that some of his patients died just from the immunotherapy!
My husband and I aren't sure what to do here. Yes, we would absolutely love it if the immunotherapy helped Dad feel a little better, even if it's just short term! But, I also don't want him to have miserable side effects, either. He had bad side effects just from 5 days of minimal radiation! And, apparently this immunotherapy only works in 20% of patients. Those aren't good odds, IMHO.
Thoughts, anyone? And to be clear, I'm not asking people to decide this for us, I wouldn't put that pressure on someone else! I'm just wondering what other people's experiences are, with immunotherapy. Thanks for any input!