Immunotherapy is a somewhat new treatment that uses a person’s own immune system to fight cancer. Through this tool, we can boost or change how the immune system works so it can find and attack cancer cells.
There are two ways this works:
- Boosting, or stimulating your own natural defenses so your immune system works harder and smarter to find and attack cancer cells
- Manufacturing substances that are just like immune system components. We use them to help restore or improve how your immune system works to find and attack cancer cells
Over the past few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. New immunotherapy treatments are being tested and approved and our team at Hirschfeld Oncology tracks these developments constantly. New ways of working with the immune system are being discovered all the time.
Immunotherapy works better for some types of cancer than for others so it is not a magic bullet to treat all cancers.