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BIOLOGICAL THERAPY or IMMUNOTHERAPY

Biological therapy, also known as immunotherapy (and as biotherapy or biological response modifier therapy), is a type of treatment that works with your immune system to help fight cancer or help control side effects from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Biological therapy may fight cancer by:

  • Stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells
  • Making it easier for your immune system to destroy, or get rid of, cancer cells
  • Keeping cancer from spreading to other parts of your body

Immune system and its function

Immune system includes spleen, lymph nodes, tonsils, bone marrow, and white blood cells. These all help protect you from getting infections and diseases.

When your immune system works the way it should, it can tell the difference between "good" cells that keep you healthy and "bad" cells that make you sick. But sometimes this doesn`t happen which is why some immune systems don`t fight off diseases like cancer. This is a subject being researched.

White blood cells (WBCs) are an important part of your immune system and have the following components:

  • Monocytes which are types of white blood cells
  • Lymphocytes which are types of white blood cells
  • B cells which are kinds of lymphocytes
  • T cells which are kinds of lymphocytes
  • Natural killer cells which are kinds of lymphocytes

Cancer vaccines

Cancer vaccines are a form of biological therapy. While other vaccines (like ones for flu or chicken pox) are given before you get sick, cancer vaccines are given after you have cancer. Cancer vaccines may help your body fight the cancer and keep it from coming back.

Research is currently being done to find out how cancer vaccines can help people diagnosed with melanoma, lymphoma, and kidney, breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, and rectal cancers.

Examples of some common biological therapies

For the treatment of cancer:

  • BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin treats bladder tumors or bladder cancer.
  • IL-2 or Interleukin-2 treats certain types of cancer.
  • Interferon alpha treats certain types of cancer.
  • Rituxan or Rituximab treats non-Hodgkin`s lymphoma.
  • Herceptin or Trastuzumab treats breast cancer.

For controlling side effects:

  • Neupogen or G-CSF increases white blood cell counts and helps prevent infection in people who are getting chemotherapy.
  • Procrit, Epogen, or Erythropoietin helps make red blood cells in people who have anemia.
  • IL-11, Interleukin-11, Oprelvekin or Neumega helps make platelets (a type of blood cell).

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