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How can immunotherapy help with treating cervical cancer?

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This uses medicines to stimulate your own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells more effectively. Immunotherapy can be used to treat cervical cancer that has spread or come back.

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is an immunotherapy drug given in the vein every 3 weeks, It targets PD-1, a protein on immune system cells called T cells that normally helps keep these cells from attacking other cells in the body. By blocking PD-1, these drugs boost the immune response against cancer cells. This can shrink some tumors or slow their growth.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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