Your immune system is there to fight off infections and diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of thymus, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and bone marrow.
Immunotherapy drug treatment can either help the body’s immune system to fight cancer either directly, or generally stimulate the immune system in a non-specific way to help it rid the body of cancer cells.
The American National Cancer Institute has recently published on youtube a short, animated video showing how non-specific immune stimulation, T-cell transfer therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors work to treat cancer.
These are early days and the therapy is presently expensive and not as yet widely used as invasive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However clinical trials of immunotherapies treating a variety of different cancers are presently underway in hospitals across the globe.
Immunotherapy is at last becoming a frontline Cancer treatment that will take its place alongside conventional surgery, chemotherapy and radiological treatments. However, At least one third of Cancers could be prevented by changes in lifestyle. Prevention is always preferable to Treatment.
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