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 IL-2)

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 or smarter
  • It 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.

Where do you go to receive immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is administered at the IL-2 Treatment Center on BRG’s Bluebonnet campus.