Immunotherapy: Exploring the State of the Science

Pamela K. Ginex

Kelly J. Brassil

Beth Ely

immunotherapies, clinical trials, personalized medicine, nursing research
CJON 2017, 21(2), 9-12. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.S2.9-12

Immunotherapy research provides opportunities for nurse scientists and researchers to be at the forefront of the changing landscape of cancer treatment. As these therapies continue to develop, current initiatives will seek to support nurses in clinical practice who must provide safe, evidence-based care and education to patients and their families. This article explores the current state of immunotherapy research and the ways in which continued research can help to advance nursing education and practice.


  • Nurse scientists and researchers need to assess the potential challenges of immunotherapy treatment, including initial patient response and long-term effects.
  • Current initiatives in cancer research will support nursing education on new and emerging immunotherapy treatments.
  • Nurses can contribute to future research by providing insight into patient-reported outcomes and symptom management following immunotherapy treatment.


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