What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?

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Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses a patient’s immune system to fight diseases like cancer. This new area of treatment is one of the most promising areas of cancer research today.

There are several strategies used in immunotherapy; some simply give the immune system a boost in order to have it attack the cancer. An increasingly popular immunotherapy approach uses drugs called checkpoint inhibitors to “take the brakes off” the immune system and unleash an attack on cancer cells. These treatments, including the vitally important discovery of PD-1/PD-L1, have shown promise in fighting several cancers, including melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer.

Learn how checkpoint inhibitors and immunotherapy can be used fight cancer:

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4 thoughts on “What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?

  1. Very informaive, I have a few questions,What type of immunotherapy do you recommend? Why?; What are the goals of this treatment? ;Will immunotherapy be my only treatment? If not, what other treatments will be a part of my treatment plan?How will I receive immunotherapy treatment and how often?;What are the possible side effects of immunotherapy, both in the short term and the long term?; How will this treatment affect my daily life?; Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?; What clinical trials of immunotherapies are open to me?

    • Dear Mike – Thank you for watching. We’re glad you found the video helpful! We are in the process of planning future videos and will add your suggestion the the list. Wishing you the best. – DFCI

    1. Dear Mike – Thank you for watching. We’re glad you found the video helpful! We are in the process of planning future videos and will add your suggestion the the list. Wishing you the best. – DFCI

  2. Very informaive, I have a few questions,What type of immunotherapy do you recommend? Why?; What are the goals of this treatment? ;Will immunotherapy be my only treatment? If not, what other treatments will be a part of my treatment plan?How will I receive immunotherapy treatment and how often?;What are the possible side effects of immunotherapy, both in the short term and the long term?; How will this treatment affect my daily life?; Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?; What clinical trials of immunotherapies are open to me?

    1. Dear Paul – Thank you for watching the video, we’re glad you found it informative. The types of immunotherapy treatments available and their side effects vary by type of cancer, and we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email. It is best for you to discuss which options may be best for you and the impact they will have on your daily life with your doctor — he/she will be able to give you the best advice. You can view some general information about immunotherapy here: http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Treatment-Centers-and-Clinical-Services/Center-for-Immuno-Oncology.aspx. We wish you all the best.

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