What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a mesothelioma
treatment option that aims to use the body’s natural defense system to attack cancerous
cells. Everyone has an immune system that protects against diseases transmitted
through bacteria and viruses. Developments within the past decade have
revealed that the body’s immune system may also be able to protect
against cancer, not just bacteria and virus-caused infections. Out of
that discovery, immunotherapy was born.
Evidence has suggested that a body’s immune system may be able to
block the spread of cancer as well as slow down tumor growth. Immunotherapy
aims to develop an immune reaction to tumors and may be effective in combating
mesothelioma, however, this treatment option is still in its infancy.
Active vs. Passive Immunotherapy
There are two main types of immunotherapy – active and passive.
Active immunotherapy works by stimulating the immune system so that the
body goes into an immune response. Active immunotherapy introduces an
antigen into a person’s body that the immune system then reacts
to. This response can then attack the tumor.
Passive immunotherapy doesn’t try to trigger a response from the
immune system, but rather targets the disease itself by injecting immune
compounds directly into the tumor.
The specifics explaining how exactly immunotherapy works can become complex
very quickly, which is why we encourage you to speak directly with your
doctor about the best treatment option for you. Worthington & Caron,
PC gives its clients the advantage of connecting them with top physicians,
oncologists, and access to
clinical trials and emerging treatment options such as immunotherapy. Call today to learn more.