What is Cancer Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. This can be done in a couple of ways.

• Stimulating your own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells
• Giving you immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins

What the immune system does

Your immune system is a collection of organs, special cells, and substances that help protect you from infections and some other diseases, germs, bacteria and parasites. Immune cells and the substances they travel through your body to protect it from germs that cause infections. Your immune system is your body’s defense force. It helps keep invading germs out, or kills them if they do get into your body.

The immune system keeps track of all of the substances normally found in the body. Any new substance in the body that the immune system doesn’t recognize raises an alarm, causing the immune system to attack it. However, Cancer cells and normal cells have fewer clear differences. Because of this, the immune system doesn’t always recognize cancer cells as foreign. Cancer cells are less like soldiers of a hostile army and more like traitors within of the human cell population.. Sometimes the immune system recognizes the cancer cells, but the response might not be strong enough to destroy the cancer. Cancer cells themselves can also give off substances that keep the immune system in check.

To overcome this, researchers have found ways to help the immune system recognize cancer cells and strengthen its response so that it will destroy them.

T-cell therapy

This is a new way to get immune cells called T cells to fight cancer. For this technique, T cells are removed from the patient’s blood and genetically altered in
the lab to have specific antigen receptors (called chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs) on their surface. These receptors will attach to proteins on the surface of
cancer cells. The T cells are then multiplied in the lab and infused back into the patient’s blood, where they can now seek out the cancer cells and launch a precise
immune attack against them. This technique has shown very encouraging results in early clinical trials against some advanced, hard-to-treat types of leukemias and lymphomas.

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Source, American cancer society

Last Medical Review: 03/19/2014
Last Revised: 09/05/2014