What is immunotherapy?

 

Immunotherapy is also sometimes called biologic therapy or biotherapy. It is treatment that uses certain parts of the immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. This can be done in a couple of ways:

  • Stimulating your own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells
  • Giving you immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins (such as IPF, in our case)

Immunotherapy includes a wide variety of treatments that work in different ways. Some seem to work by boosting the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to attack cancer cells specifically.

Immunotherapy seems to work better for some types of cancer than for others. It is used by itself to treat some cancers, but for many cancers it seems to work best when used along with other types of treatment.

As researchers have learned more about the body’s immune system in recent years, they have begun to figure out how it might be used to treat cancer more effectively. Newer treatments now being tested seem to work better and will have a greater impact on the outlook for people with cancer in the future.

Read more on: www.cancer.org

Immunotherapy for Cancer

Immunotherapy has the potential to provide an alternative and/or complementary treatment for most types of cancer. The advantage of immunotherapy over radiation and chemotherapy is that it can act specifically against the tumor without causing normal tissue damage. Unfortunately the immune system by itself can´t recognize these malignant cells and destroy them, however recent advances have revealed that certain proteins binding with specific tumor antigens can be recognized by the immune system.

Our immune protein booster – IPF, works by binding to these tumor antigens, creating what is known as “superantigens” this makes our body recognize the malignant cells and destroy them by:

  • Increasing the number of antibodies to attack the cancer cells
  • Inducing a potent T-cell immune response against the cancer cells.

Read more about how IPF works for cancer here.