In recent years, immunotherapy has emerged to be an increasingly available and vital form of cancer treatment. Cancer immunotherapy involves empowering the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. It works in a way that harnesses and enhances the natural powers of the immune system to fight against the disease. The fundamental goal of immunotherapy is to recognize, target, and eliminate cancer cells from the body. It can be administered alone, or used as an adjuvant treatment along with other types of cancer treatments.
Also known as biologic therapy, immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the natural defences of the body to fight cancer. It is targeted at improving or restoring the immune system functions, be it through substances made by the body or in a laboratory. Your oncologist may recommend immunotherapy as the only course of treatment, or might use it along with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.