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  • Atlantic Health System Oncology Services

  • Phone: 908-522-4977

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a revolutionary cancer treatment available at Atlantic Health System that boosts the body’s own natural defense system so it can kill cancerous cells. This approach has proven effective for treating some forms of melanoma skin cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, head and neck cancer, and bladder cancer. In clinical studies, immunotherapy has also shown positive preliminary results in the treatment of breast cancer, colon cancer and brain cancer.

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

  • Cancer vaccines
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Non-specific immunotherapies
  • Oncolitic immunotherapy

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.

  • Atlantic Health System Oncology Services

  • Phone: 908-522-4977

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100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5200

 

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