WHAT IT IS
- Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that strengthens the body’s immune system to combat cancer cells through several types of methods.
- The procedure works with the patient’s white blood cells by boosting their defense while targeting cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy can be administered through vaccines, a pill or ointment depending on the type of cancer.
WHY IT MATTERS
Through scientists’ rapid advancements in immunotherapy, cancer patients are provided with a new possibility of beating the disease while also opening the door for more research in cancer therapy.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- In June of 2017, cancer survivor David Dunnington was treated with immunotherapy after being diagnosed with melanoma.
- Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg–Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy found hopeful patient responses to a newly developed immunotherapy drug.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Will the hyper focus on immunotherapy distract from other fields of cancer research?
- Watch a video to learn about the different types of cancer treatments.