Your immune system protects you from outside invaders, but it also helps protect you from cancer. Immunotherapy helps your immune system target cancer cells and disrupt their functions. This rapidly growing field of cancer treatment works for many types of cancer and can significantly improve your treatment results.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a general term for treatments that harness the immune system to target cancer cells. Cancer cells often have genetic changes that let them avoid being destroyed by the immune system. Immunotherapy lets the immune system identify and attack these cancer cells.
These treatments work in many different ways, and they often have fewer side effects than chemotherapy or radiation. Immunotherapy can target cancer cells more precisely than chemotherapy, so it causes less stress to healthy cells.