IMMUNOTHERAPY – A NOVEL APPROACH IN ARSENAL OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS
Immune cells are constantly patrolling body in search for foreign invaders or internal defective systems to eliminate potential danger. The immune system wins this battle every day. However, sometimes human own abnormal cells grow in a stealth mode avoiding this immune surveillance and become malignancies.
Immuno-Oncology helps to treat existing cancers by strengthening body’s natural defenses against cancer and awakening, education of immune system or removal of inhibitory mechanisms. This new strategy has completely changed the landscape becoming a clinically validated treatment for multiple cancers. Immunotherapy not only gives a real promise for cure from cancer, but also potential to gain a lifetime of protection for. Although impressive results are demonstrated by checkpoint inhibitors relatively small fraction of patients obtain clinical benefit. New immunotherapies may fulfill this urgent unmet medical need and increase patient population responding to treatment.