Have you been noticing the topic of cancer immunotherapy in news and advertisements? Expect to see it more often in the near future as experts predict a significant increase in the market by the year 2020.
What Is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is the general term for treating disease by affecting the immune system. Suppression immunotherapy restrains the immune system as opposed to cancer immunotherapy, which focuses on activating the immune response.
The immune system is the network that keeps your body safe from viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. When a foreign substance enters your system, it triggers an immune response to eliminate the threat.
Many types of cancer cells have the ability to slide “under the radar” and avoid detection by immune cells, giving them the opportunity to multiply and travel to other parts of the body. Immunotherapy works to remove the “shield” around cancer cells and help the immune system do its job.
Why Has Immunotherapy Become So Important?
- Cancer immunotherapy treatments are created to specifically target cancer cells, so they have been useful against increasingly diverse forms of cancer.
- Immunotherapy has fewer side effects than traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
- Many immunotherapy treatments have proved to be successful, encouraging continued research and development.
Issels®: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment
For more than 50 years, Issels® has been a leader in the development and use of innovative immunotherapy programs. No two cases of cancer are the same, and we use comprehensive testing to formulate personalized treatments. Visit our website for more information about our non-toxic therapies.