In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they’ll impact how we treat cancer in the future. Immunotherapy includes treatments that work in different ways. Some boost the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to attack cancer cells specifically. Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. This can be done in a couple of ways:
Some types of immunotherapy are also sometimes called biologic therapy or biotherapy.
Immunotherapy works better for some types of cancer than for others. It’s used by itself for some of these cancers, but for others it seems to work better when used with other types of treatment.
Like other forms of othodox cancer treatment, immunotherapies can cause a number of side effects. These side effects can vary widely from patient to patient.
Biologic response modifiers may cause:
Side effects of colony-stimulating factors may include:
Vaccines can cause: