Meet the latest treatment for cancer.
There are different treatment options for cancer, which can include:
A surgeon removes cancer cells from the body.
A drug regimen that kills cancer cells.
High doses of radiation are used to kill cancer cells or shrink tumours.
However, the focus of this website is on cancer immunotherapy – another option in cancer treatment – that focuses on using your body’s own immune system to fight cancer.
What is cancer immunotherapy
& how does it work, exactly?
Cancer immunotherapy works by helping the body’s own immune system fight certain kinds of cancers, such as skin and lung cancers.
A number of cancer immunotherapies have been developed using different strategies to help boost the body’s immune response. Some immunotherapies help your immune system attack the cancer directly and some help to enhance your body’s immune response to fight the cancer. For example, some cancers trick the immune system by switching off certain pathways so that cancer cells are no longer recognized, allowing them to continue to grow. One type of immunotherapy helps fight cancer by switching on the pathways that the cancer cells have switched off, so that the immune system begins to recognize and attack the cancer. There are several other approaches to cancer immunotherapy as well.