Immunotherapy is less well-known as a cancer treatment than chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but it’s proving to be very effective against many cancers. Richard Rutledge, DO, and the team at Regenerative Medical Group in Garden Grove and Orange, California, and Kirkland, Washington, provide expert immunotherapy treatments for a wide range of cancers. Call the office today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that strengthens your immune system. In this way, immunotherapy helps your body to effectively detect and fight cancerous cells.
There are several different types of immunotherapy. Colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) promote the growth of new bone marrow stem cells.
Interferons help boost your body's immune response, and interleukins stimulate the growth of white blood cells. Monoclonal antibodies help your immune system recognize cancer cells.
These treatments all help to make your immune system stronger and more effective.
Your immune system is extremely effective at keeping you healthy and helping your body recover from illness.
However, it sometimes needs extra help and fighting cancer is one of those times. Immunotherapy helps by interfering with molecules that play a key role in the growth and spread of cancer.
One of the problems your immune system has with cancer is that it can’t always recognize the cells as cancerous. Cancer protects itself, so your immune system doesn’t respond as it should.
Monoclonal antibodies can recognize the special markers that make your cancer cells unique and able to hide in your body, so your immune system reacts as it would to any other invader.
When your immune system does recognize cancer cells, it creates antibodies to kill them. As cancer is often fast-growing, your body isn’t always able to produce enough of the cells it needs to kill the cancer. Immunotherapy treatments can give it the boost it needs.
To begin, your provider at Regenerative Medical Group draws some of your blood. They then identify the cancerous cells in your blood and your immune cells.
They grow more immune cells in the presence of your cancer cells. Doing this helps the cells to identify the antigens on your cancer cells that singles them out.
Your provider injects the custom-made immune cells back into your body. Once there, the new immune cells target and destroy cancerous cells while leaving your healthy cells untouched.
Immunotherapy can treat a wide range of cancers, including but not limited to:
Immunotherapy is a safe form of treatment and none of the patients at Regenerative Medical Group who’ve had immunotherapy have experienced any problems with the treatment.
You should know within about a month if your immunotherapy treatment is working.
To find out more about immunotherapy and how it could help you, call Regenerative Medical Group today or book an appointment online.