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Who Qualifies for Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is the newest and fastest-developing form of cancer treatment. It can target cancer cells while often avoiding the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and it can be used to treat some cancers that have not responded to other treatments. Only testing can determine whether a particular type of cancer will respond to immunotherapy. 

What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy uses your immune system to attack cancer at any stage. Immunotherapy uses strategies such as helping the immune system recognize and target cancer cells. It works well alone or with other treatments like radiation or chemotherapy. At Cochise Oncology, we specialize in the most scientifically advanced immunotherapy treatments to help you fight your cancer. 

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Who Qualifies for Immunotherapy?

Only a full assessment and laboratory testing will determine whether you are a good candidate for immunotherapy. Not all types of cancer respond well to this treatment, and lab tests will help determine which type of immunotherapy to use for targeting your cancer. Immunotherapy is a very broad field, and many people qualify for treatment. The FDA has approved over 60 types of immunotherapy drugs.

How Does Immunotherapy Work?

Immunotherapy includes a wide range of different treatments that work with the immune system to target cancer. Some of the most common types of immunotherapy include:

Targeted Antibodies

Immune system cells make antibodies that target harmful invaders. Immunotherapy uses antibodies that will specifically target cancer cells. These antibodies can attack the cells or draw the immune system’s attention to eliminate them. 

T-Cell Therapy

T-cells play a vital role in the immune system. This immunotherapy extracts your T-cells, modifies them to make them better cancer fighters, and returns them to your body. 

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Your immune system has natural “on and off” switches telling it when to respond. Cancer cells can switch the checkpoint off to avoid an immune reaction, but this treatment lets the immune system target them. 

Cancer Vaccines

You may think of vaccines as prevention, but cancer vaccines are a treatment that primes the immune system to launch a more effective attack on cancer cells. 


These treatments work in various ways by changing how the immune system behaves, what signaling molecules it sends out, and how it responds to cancer cells. 


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

How Effective is Immunotherapy? 

Immunotherapy is often used with radiation or chemotherapy, which can significantly boost the results of these treatments. Immunotherapy response rates range from 20% to 50%, depending on the type of cancer. Results continue to improve with each research advancement. As one of the most active areas of cancer research, immunotherapy brings new and better treatments each year. 


*Individual Results May Vary


At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day. Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.

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Do you have questions about immunotherapy? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page.

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