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Cancer Immunotherapy in NJ

Why Choose Us

The expert medical oncologists at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital utilize effective biological response modifiers, or immunotherapy, to help boost or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer. Often, immunotherapy is given in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Our specialists have access to the most promising new treatments available in New Jersey.

Many immunotherapies are being utilized and studied in clinical trials, which are research studies involving people. Cancer patients at Steeplechase Cancer Center have access to clinical trials thanks to our partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Jersey's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy, also called biologic or biological therapy, is a type of treatment designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight cancer. Immunotherapy may be used to treat or manage cancer on its own, alongside other cancer treatments to help them work better, or as a vaccine to prevent cancer, like the vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Immunotherapy medications impact the immune system and are a recent advancement in cancer therapy. Because of the immune system's unique properties, these therapies have great potential to fight cancer powerfully, to offer longer-term protection against the disease, to come with fewer side effects, and to benefit more patients with more types of cancer. Immunotherapy has currently been found to work best to treat early-stage cancers.

How Immunotherapy Works

Immunotherapy treatments work in different ways. Some boost the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to specifically attack cancer cells. Immunotherapy falls into two general categories:

  • Targeted immunotherapies attack specific proteins on the surface of cells that help identify cancer and stimulate an immune response.
  • General immunotherapies are non-specific treatments that do not affect the cancer itself. They work on proteins called cytokines that send signals to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.
Immunotherapy is not yet as widely used as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy for treatment of cancer. However, immunotherapies have been approved to treat people with many types of cancer, including lung cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, leukemia, and lymphoma.

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