What is immunotherapy?
Cancer immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. The immune system can be boosted to better find the differences between healthy cells and cancer cells in the body, and to kill the cancer cells.
Why use immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a quickly-developing field of cancer treatment with the ability to deliver safe and effective treatments. It has the potential to offer any cancer patient a long term response, with the potential for fewer side effects.
How does immunotherapy work?
Your body already knows how to fight cancer—it’s designed for it. It just needs a little help. Biological therapies are designed to boost the immune system, either directly or indirectly, by:
- Stopping the processes that allow cancers to grow
- Boosting the killing power of immune system cells
- Preventing cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body
Biological therapies can be used alone to treat cancer. They can also be combined with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
To learn more about cancer immunotherapy, contact us at (605) 328-8000 for an appointment. To learn more about clinical trials, visit the clinical trials page.