What is cancer immunotherapy?

Also known as: biologic therapy, biotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a different modality of cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s immune system to fight cancerous cells. It can utilize natural factors made by the body or synthetic factors made in the laboratory to help harness and recalibrate the immune system to target the cancer cells and destroy them.

There are many types of immunotherapies such as:

  • monoclonal antibodies
  • T-cell therapy
  • vaccine therapies
  • non-specific immunotherapies
  • oncolytic virus therapy

Reviewed by: Guillermo R De Angulo, MD

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