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How does immunotherapy treat cancer?

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Your immune system is made up of white blood cells, plus the organs and tissues of your lymph system -- like your bone marrow. Its main job is to help your body fight off disease and stay healthy.

Unlike other cancer treatments, immunotherapy drugs don’t kill cancer cells. Instead, they help your immune system do the job. They might help it work harder or make it easier for it to find and get rid of cancer cells.

From: Pros and Cons of Immunotherapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

American Cancer Society: “What is cancer immunotherapy?”

Cancer Research Institute/I’m the Answer to Cancer: “Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “Cancer Immunotherapy: Should You Participate?”

Cancer Support Community: “Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Your Immune System & Cancer Treatment.”

UT San Antonio Cancer Therapy & Research Center: “Immunotherapy.”

University of California San Francisco: “Killing Cancer Through the Immune System.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “Study details rare heart risk of certain cancer therapies.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology/Cancer.net: “Immunotherapy 2.0: The 2017 Clinical Cancer Advance of the Year,” “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups: “Learn About Cancer Clinical Trials.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

American Cancer Society: “What is cancer immunotherapy?”

Cancer Research Institute/I’m the Answer to Cancer: “Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “Cancer Immunotherapy: Should You Participate?”

Cancer Support Community: “Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Your Immune System & Cancer Treatment.”

UT San Antonio Cancer Therapy & Research Center: “Immunotherapy.”

University of California San Francisco: “Killing Cancer Through the Immune System.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “Study details rare heart risk of certain cancer therapies.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology/Cancer.net: “Immunotherapy 2.0: The 2017 Clinical Cancer Advance of the Year,” “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups: “Learn About Cancer Clinical Trials.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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