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How does cancer immunotherapy work?

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Immunotherapy spurs your own defenses to fight the cancer. White blood cells in your immune system spot cells that aren’t supposed to be in your body, like bacteria or viruses. Immunotherapy drugs tell the white blood cells to sense certain proteins on the surface of cancer cells, then seek out and destroy those cells.

SOURCES:

Cell Adhesion & Migration : “What’s the place of immunotherapy in malignant mesothelioma treatments?”

Raymond Wong, PhD, Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Los Angeles.            

American Lung Association: “Learn About Mesothelioma,”

CDC: “Asbestos Toxicity: Where Is Asbestos Found?”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Malignant Mesothelioma.”

Anne Tsao, MD, director, Mesothelioma Program, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

David Sugarbaker, MD, director, Mesothelioma Treatment Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Cell Adhesion & Migration : “What’s the place of immunotherapy in malignant mesothelioma treatments?”

Raymond Wong, PhD, Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Los Angeles.            

American Lung Association: “Learn About Mesothelioma,”

CDC: “Asbestos Toxicity: Where Is Asbestos Found?”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Malignant Mesothelioma.”

Anne Tsao, MD, director, Mesothelioma Program, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

David Sugarbaker, MD, director, Mesothelioma Treatment Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 31, 2019

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