Immunotherapy uses the body's immune system to help treat or prevent many health problems from allergies to cancer.
What is Immunotherapy?
Also known as biological therapy or biotherapy, Immunotherapy employs the body’s immune system to fight or defend against major and minor health conditions. The different types of white blood cells in the body’s immune system secrete antibodies and cytokines which respond to harmful substances called antigens, ultimately protecting the body against foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.
Immunotherapy is commonly used to treat or manage cancer (such as CAR T-cell therapy), prevent cancer, or control asthma and severe allergy symptoms.
Side effects of immunotherapy
Your reaction to immunotherapy treatment depends on your medical profile and diagnosis. Be sure to discuss possible side effects with your medical team before the treatment begins.
Immunotherapy side effects may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Rash or swelling at the injection site
Each patient’s response may vary according to the type of therapy administered.