How does cancer immunotherapy work?

Traditionally, cancer treatment has revolved around chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. But thanks to groundbreaking immune checkpoint blockade research led by Jim Allison, Ph.D., winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, we have a new way to treat cancer: immunotherapy. Rather than treating the cancer directly, immunotherapy trains the immune system to attack cancer.

With immunotherapy, MD Anderson is able to effectively treat bladder cancer, head and neck cancers, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma. And through clinical trials, we’re expanding immunotherapy to treat more types of cancer and exploring more types of immunotherapy every day.

Request an appointment at MD Anderson online at https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment?cmpid=youtube_appointment_immunotherapy or by calling 1-877-632-6789.

Learn more about Jim Allison, Ph.D., who is chair of Immunolgy and executive director of the Immunotherapy platform of MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program: https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/nobel-prize.html

Learn more about immunotherapy: https://www.mdanderson.org/treatment-options/immunotherapy.html

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