Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer
Immunotherapy includes treatments that use natural or manmade substances
to boost the body's natural mechanisms to fight cancer and to improve
the immune system’s ability to fight cancer cells.
Types of immunotherapy (including
Types of immunotherapy used to treat cancer include:
- Cancer vaccines – substances put in the body to begin immune responses
against certain diseases.
General immunotherapies – general immune system boosters that help
attack cancer cells by improving your immune system’s activity without
targeting a particular tumor. A significant part of BRG’s cancer
program includes the
Interleukin (IL-2) Treatment led by one of the nation’s most experience IL-2 oncologist, Dr.
Gerald Miletello for decades to treat metastatic kidney cancer and metastatic
melanoma – cancers which traditionally have low survival rates.
Learn more about IL-2.
- Immune checkpoint inhibitors – help the immune system recognize and
fight cancer cells.
- Monoclonal antibodies – versions of immune system proteins made by
man and designed to attack a particular part of a cancer cell.
How does immunotherapy work against cancer?
- It fuels your own immune system to attack cancer cells by working harder
- It adds components to your immune system like man-made proteins, to help
How is it administered?
Immunotherapy can be given through pill, IV, or injection, depending on
the type of cancer you have and the specific immunotherapy you are receiving.
Where do you go to receive immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is administered at the
IL-2 Treatment Center on BRG’s Bluebonnet campus.