immunotherapy

Pronunciation: (IH-myoo-noh-THAYR-uh-pee)

A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection, and other diseases. Some types of immunotherapy only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), and some monoclonal antibodies.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Immunotherapy: How the Immune System Fights Cancer

Caption: Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. This animation explains three types of immunotherapy used to treat cancer: nonspecific immune stimulation, T-cell transfer therapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Date last modified: 2018-01-30