If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or another disease of the cells, immunotherapy is a treatment type that may be used either on its own or in conjunction with other cancer treatments. As new forms of immunotherapy are discovered at a rapid rate, Cochise Oncology can utilize the latest developments to help you fight back against cancer.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a treatment that can be used to combat various diseases, including several types of cancer, by stimulating the body’s immune system and natural defenses to help it identify and attack cancer cells. Alternatively, lab-produced substances may be used to support the immune system’s natural function.
Here at Cochise Oncology, our experts can use a wide range of immunotherapies to boost the immune system. The most popular solutions are;
- Immune checkpoint inhibitors, which are a group of drugs that block overactive immune checkpoints, thus allowing the body’s natural immunity cells to target cancer cells more strongly.
- Immune system modulators that may affect the immune system as a whole, or target a very specific area of the natural defense systems, to enhance the body’s responses.
- Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-produced proteins that bind to target cancer cells. Also known as therapeutic antibodies, they ensure that cancer cells are seen and destroyed.
- T-cell transfer therapy, which takes immune cells from the tumor before the most effective cells against the cancer are manufactured in the lab to boost the body’s ability to fight the disease.
- Treatment vaccines, which are injections used to boost the immune system’s natural responses to cancers. They aren’t preventative solutions.
Immunotherapy helps the body when it struggles to identify cancer cells or recognizes them but doesn’t respond.