What is Immunotherapy?
“Oh, you got a sore throat and cold?? Your body needs Vitamin C to boost the immune cells fight the infection effectively!” Something most commonly heard and said!
Ever wondered, why is the body so biased, for it chooses to fight basic infections but takes a detour when it comes to deadly diseases such as cancer? Surprisingly, science and research has proved us wrong by showing that “our own immune cells” are robust enough to fight cancer as well.
What Is Immunotherapy?
The immune cells in the human body are competent enough to recognize and attack the cancer cells. Cancer cells may even try to hide themselves, however, in many cases they are recognized by the immune cells when trained. The novel science that uses the immune cells to fight cancer is called Immunotherapy. It is also termed biological therapy.
Chemotherapy: Where Are We Today?
Chemotherapy is still considered the gold standard for cancer treatment. At first when a person is diagnosed with cancer, the doctor in most cases puts the patient on chemotherapy. Ironically, chemotherapy aims to stop the progression of cancer, however it does not promise to completely eradicate the cancer in most cases. Not only that, it also has several side-effects associated with it. Therefore, does not serve as a wholesome treatment for cancer.
How Is Immunotherapy Given To Patients?
As a treatment, immunotherapy can be given in the form of pills or capsules that can be consumed orally. It may also be given intravenously or even topically. In specific conditions, it maybe given as a therapy in the hospital through a protocol to the patients.
What tests should I take?
What Can We Expect From Immunotherapy?
The advent of Immunotherapy, gives the world a ray of hope in the available treatment options for cancer. Immunotherapy is highly specific and targeted in nature. Fortunately, the therapy has less side-effects associated with it compared to chemotherapy. No doubt, immunotherapy can cost the patients a fortune, however, it definitely would be less dearer than a persons’ life.
Positive results from benchwork research and clinical trials has optimistically encouraged several pharma players to enter this industry but there are still a few drawbacks. Several companies and their potential candidates using the Immunotherapy platform are underway development. This definitely makes us pin hopes from this wonder therapy which can serve as the “wholesome” treatment for cancer.
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