Introduction to Immunotherapy
Cancer immunotherapy, also known as immuno-oncology, is a form of cancer treatment that uses the power of the body’s own immune system to recognize, attack and destroy cancer. Immunotherapies can:
Educate the immune system to recognize and attack specific cancer cells
Boost immune cells to help them destroy cancer
Overcome immune suppression generated by the cancer cells
The immune system is precise, so it is possible for it to target cancer cells exclusively while sparing healthy cells. Many immunotherapy treatments can also be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or targeted therapies to improve their effectiveness.
Immunotherapies have recently been recognized as having significant potential to treat a broad range of cancers and infectious diseases. Several cancer immunotherapies have now been approved by the FDA, and several other promising immunotherapy technologies and products are in various stages of clinical development.