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Immune Therapy

Immune Therapy

Immune therapy (also called immunotherapy or biological therapy) uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Immune therapies are designed to boost the immune system, either directly or indirectly, by assisting in the following:

  • Stop, control or suppress the processes that allow cancers to grow
  • Making cancer cells more recognizable by the immune system, and therefore more susceptible to destruction by the immune system
  • Boosting the killing power of immune system cells
  • Changing the way cancer cells grow, so that they act more like healthy cells
  • Stopping the process that changes a normal cell into a cancerous cell
  • Enhancing the body's ability to repair or replace normal cells damaged or destroyed by other forms of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation
  • Preventing cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body