Chemotherapy is the first cancer treatment most people think of, and though it remains essential for many patients, its side effects can make their fight against cancer even harder. Now, a new and innovative alternative is rapidly developing. Immunotherapy is helping thousands of people battle cancer with their own immune systems.
What is Immunotherapy?
Cancer immunotherapy is a treatment that strengthens your immune system so it can fight cancer. Sometimes called immuno-oncology, this cutting-edge approach to cancer helps your body boost its natural defense systems.
As cancer cells grow, your body’s immune system will naturally try to attack them. But since cancer cells grow faster than antibodies, it’s an impossible battle. That’s why immunotherapy bolsters the immune system so it’s more able to defend itself. Immunotherapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments.