A Rapidly Advancing Field that is Saving Lives
Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which kill cancer cells indiscriminately, immunotherapy acts on the patient’s own immune cells to help them selectively attack the cancer.
BIDMC Cancer Center physician-scientists have been national leaders in the development of two types of immunotherapy: cancer vaccines and checkpoint blockades. In addition, BIDMC is a leading center of clinical research for CAR T-cell therapy and enhancing bone marrow transplant, a treatment method that is sometimes called "the original immunotherapy."
Both already-approved and experimental immunotherapy treatments are available at BIDMC for most types of solid tumors and blood cancers. Your doctor may recommend that they be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy or other immune therapies. He or she will determine whether immunotherapy is the right treatment for you.
Types of Immunotherapy Treatments