Breakthrough Cancer Treatment – Immunotherapy
Many treatments are available. Depending on the patient’s particular situation, they may receive one treatment or they may receive a combination of treatments. Cancer treatment options include: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplant, hormone therapy, targeted drug therapy, cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation, clinical trials. Recently, the immunotherapy has become popular these years due to its effective treatment.
Immunotherapy, also known as biological therapy, is a type of treatment that helps patients’ immune system to fight cancer. The immune system helps your body fight infections and other diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of the lymph system.
Traditional chemotherapy may cause different side effects and that vary from person to person. Some of the most common issues are: fatigue, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, mouth sores, and pain. However, immunotherapy causes fewer side effects than other treatments. Moreover, immunotherapy may work when other treatments don’t. It also can help other cancer treatments work better. Cancer may less likely to return. Now we know that there are drugs like CTLA-4 and PD-1, PD-L1 has a good efficacy on curing lung cancer, lymphoma, urothelial carcinoma, etc.
Pingtung hospital has already conducted the immunotherapy and had some successful cases. Cancer treatment is personalized, which is why treatments can vary. The choice of treatment is influenced by the location of the tumor, distribution, cell type and the patient’s overall condition. It is important to get diagnosed early by professional doctors.
For more information and details about immunotherapy and cancer treatments, please contact the department of caner center.