From what I have gathered it would be ideal not to be on antibiotics before or during immunotherapy because the antibiotics also kills the good bacteria that is your gut. And there is research and studies that say the gut plays a role in your response to immunotherapy. I have not taken antibiotics in YEARS. Then of course I get a toothache and need a root canal and had to start antibiotics. I have had 4 treatments of Opdivo so far. My oncologist approved the antibiotics and cleared me for the root canal.
So my question is- Have the antibiotics hurt my chances of responding to the immunotherapy?
I tried to hold off on taking the antibiotics but the tooth pain was too much. I am stage 3 and taking Opdivo as adjuvant therapy.