Unlike chemotherapy, immunotherapy medication does not directly destroy cancer cells. Instead, it helps the patient’s immune system recognize and attack cancer. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the type of cancer being treated. Some of the most successful drugs to date, called “checkpoint inhibitors,” specifically block cancers from hiding from attacking immune cells. Research continues to determine which immunotherapy drugs or combination of drugs work best for different cancers.
Immunotherapy Provided by Atlantic Health System
Immune checkpoint inhibitors
Benefits of Immunotherapy
While traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can cause nausea, fatigue and hair loss, the side effects of immunotherapy may be uncommon, depending on the type of drug used. What’s more, these medicines may continue to help the immune system over time even after treatment is completed, providing long-lasting protection against recurrent cancer.