Immunotherapy a Focus For Comprehensive Doctors and Patients
Immunotherapy is an evolving science in cancer care that has captured the attention of patients, who ask about immunotherapy as a treatment option. The advancement in the treatment path for immunotherapy is also of great interest to the medical team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, who remain at the forefront of modern medicine by examining every treatment option available and conducting extensive clinical research on all new options in immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy Removes Cancer’s Camouflage
The body’s immune system works to defend itself against infections and diseases, such as cancer. Your immune system knows which elements normally exist in your body and which do not. So, if new or unknown elements appear in your body, your immune system and cells will work to destroy it. This process can also work against cancer cells.
Unfortunately, the body’s immune system doesn’t always recognize and attack cancer cells, which happens when normal cells change and start to grow out of control. Cancer can also create a camouflage to shield itself from the immune system, where these foreign elements appear too similar to normal cells, which can lower efficacy of certain treatments. Immunotherapy cancer treatment strengthens your immune system, which helps remove that camouflage and enable treatments to recognize the cancer cells. Once these foreign elements are more easily identified, treatments can destroy the cells or prevent cancerous cells from further spreading.
Immunotherapy Treatment at Comprehensive
Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ extensive research efforts has developed many of the compounds used in immunotherapy treatments. The practice participates in clinical research designed to learn more about how immunotherapy can help destroy cancer cells and advance this type of treatment. Comprehensive has also been instrumental in the research that has contributed to the FDA approval of these treatments for various cancer types. That’s all part of continual efforts to elevate how we treat cancer.
A question that the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers often gets from patients is whether or not immunotherapy is a viable treatment option for them. As with all cancers and cancer treatments, no cancer or treatment path is exactly the same. When our team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and if necessary, breast surgeons or pulmonologists, collaborate to develop a treatment plan, every plan is specific and custom to the patient whose care is being outlined.
“Researchers have accelerated the development of immunotherapy, where newer drugs aim to re-establish the body’s immune system capabilities to recognize the cancer cells and selectively destroy them through natural means,” said Fadi Braiteh, MD, a medical oncologist and clinical researcher at Comprehensive Cancer Centers. “This approach is not just providing meaningful hope, but is delivering unprecedented results with many cases resulting in a cure of advanced widespread cancer, which until today would be deemed terminal.”
Dr. Braiteh also noted that as immunotherapy has become a part of treatment protocols, and used in treating certain types of cancer, newer types of immunotherapy treatments are emerging that might offer new methods for treating cancers. He and his colleagues at Comprehensive stay current regarding all treatment trends and advancements.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options including: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and clinical research for the treatment of cancer. For a complete list of clinical research studies currently being conducted at Comprehensive, please click here. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
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