Immunotherapy Los Angeles
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your immune system to fight cancer. The two main ways that this is done is to boost the patient’s own immune system or to give man-made versions of the normal parts of the immune system. Many future advances against cancer will probably come from this field.
Immunotherapy is a form of biologic therapy or biotherapy. It is treatment that uses certain parts of the immune system to fight diseases, including cancer.
This can be done in a couple of ways:
- Stimulating your own immune system to work harder or smarter
- Giving you immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins
Immunotherapy is sometimes used by itself to treat cancer, but it is most often used along with or after another type of treatment to boost its effects.
Monoclonal antibodies are the most widely used form of cancer immunotherapy. Monoclonal antibody therapy uses antibodies that are made in the lab rather than by a person’s own immune system. These treatments do not require the person’s immune system to start the fight against the cancer. Once the antibodies are given, they can then recruit other parts of the immune system to destroy the cancer cells. Avastin and Herceptin are two examples of well-known Monoclonal antibodies used in treatment of breast cancer and a few other cancers.
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