Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the body's natural defences to fight cancer. Using substances made by the body or in a laboratory to improve immune system function, Immunotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells.
Types of Immunotherapy
The main types of immunotherapy can be divided into treatments using monoclonal antibodies, nonspecific immunotherapies, and cancer vaccines. Immunotherapy can be given in several forms, including pills, injections, topical creams and intravesical therapy. For more information about immunotherapy and what options it provides, please speak with your doctor or treatment team.
Is Immunotherapy A Good Option For Me?
Talk with your health care team about whether immunotherapy may be part of your treatment plan. If so, consider asking these questions:
- What type of immunotherapy do you recommend and why?
- What are the goals of this treatment?
- Will immunotherapy be my only treatment? If not, what other treatments will be a part of my treatment plan?
- How will I receive immunotherapy treatment and how often?
- What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects of immunotherapy?
- How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
- What immunotherapy clinical trials are available for me?
- Whom should I call with questions or problems?