What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that attempts to get the body’s immune system to fight cancer using its immune system. Drugs stimulate your white blood cells and tissues in your bone marrow, organs, and lymph to work harder to identify, fight, and kill cancer cells. Interestingly, immunotherapy can also treat other diseases besides cancer through similar mechanisms.
Immunotherapy for Cancer
Today, there are various cancer immunotherapy drugs available on the market, with many more in clinical trials. Cochise Oncology consults with you on the right combination of medications for your situation to facilitate optimal outcomes.
Researchers are interested in immunotherapy because it appears to offer many benefits that traditional therapies do not. Unlike radiation, it doesn’t involve exposing the body to ionizing energy. And contrary to chemotherapy, it does not rely on drugs that are toxic to non-cancerous cells.
With cancer immunotherapy, you are also more likely that you will go into long-term remission. The body’s immune system often remembers defeated cancer cells and knows how to destroy them if they ever happen to appear again.