From the common cold to complex viruses, our immune system is incredible at fighting off infections. So why not use our own immune system to fight cancer?
Cancer is not only smart, but it adapts to different circumstances. So much so, that – on its own – our immune system is not able to identify cancer cells as foreign. These cells are different from normal cells, in that they do not die normally. These abnormal cells frequently change, or “mutate,” to evade the immune system, so the cancer is left alone and multiplies.
However, immunotherapy drugs are designed to alert the immune system about these mutated cancer cells so it can locate and destroy them.
So, what cancer types does immunotherapy treat? And why does immunotherapy work for some but not others?
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment. Visit www.cancercenter.com for more info. You may also reach them at 1-800-227-3207 with any questions.
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