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: