Biological Therapy

1 What is a Biological Therapy for Cancer?

Biological therapy for cancer is a type of treatment that uses the body's immune system to kill cancer cells.

Biological therapy for cancer is used in the treatment of many types fo cancers to prevent or slow tumor growth and to also prevent the spread of cancer.

Biological therapy for cancer often causes fewer toxic side effects than other treatments.

Types biology therapy include:

  • Adoptive cell transfer.
  • Angiogenesis inhibitors.
  • Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy.
  • Cancer vaccines.
  • Cytokine therapy.
  • Immunoconjugates.
  • Gene therapy.
  • Monoclonal antibodies.
  • Oncolytic virus therapy.
  • Targeted drug therapy.

Many types of biological therapy are available only in clinical trails Biological therapy for cancer treatment is a very active area of cancer treatment.

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2 Reasons for Procedure

The reason for a biological therapy for cancer is to induce your immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells.

Your body's immune system fights invaders, such as germs, throughout your body.

Your immune system should also be able to recognize cancer cells as abnormal, but it does not always do that.

Cancer cells have the ability to hide from immune system cells or disable them from carrying out their duties.

3 What to Expect

Read on to learn more what to expect about your biological therapy for cancer.

In general, biological therapies work in one of two ways: Inducing the immune system to attack cells. There are various ways biological therapy treatment can achieve this goal.

As an example, chemicals that stimulate your immune system cells could be injected into your body. Or a sample of immune system cells could be trained in a lab to attack cancer cells before being reintroduced to your body.

Making cancer cells easier for your immune system to recognize. Biological therapy can also target the cancer cells, turning on or off cell signals that that help them elude the immune system cells.

4 Procedure Results

The results of a biological therapy for cancer will be given by your doctor.

An immune system better adapted to identify and kill cancer cells.