Resource: National Cancer Institute – Clinical Trials


Immunotherapy is an exciting area of cancer research that is changing the way we think about cancer treatment.  It works by using the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The immune system is a complex network of organs, tissues, and cells, and the substances they make.  One of its purposes is to rid the body of germs, such as bacteria and abnormal cells such as cancer cells. Immunotherapy uses different ways to boost the immune system to do a better job of killing cancer cells.

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. This animation explains three types of immunotherapy used to treat cancer: nonspecific immune stimulation, T-cell transfer therapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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