Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer
Immunotherapy (or biological therapy) 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 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 oncologists, 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 part of a cancer cell.
How does immunotherapy work against cancer?
It fuels your own immune system to attack cancer cells by working harder
or smarter and adds components to your immune system like man-made proteins,
to help fight cancer.
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.