Cancer treatments involving Immunotherapy
with Dr. Rod Ramchandren of the Karmanos Cancer Institute
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. NCI-designated cancer centers are at the forefront of developing and translating scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients.
Immunotherapy is a broad category of anti-cancer therapies that use the body's immune system to fight cancer cells. These cells are different from normal cells, in that they do not die normally. Think of these rapidly-dividing cells like an out-of-control copy machine that won't stop creating images. These abnormal cells frequently change, or "mutate," to evade the immune system. Immunotherapy drugs are designed to alert the immune system about these mutated cells so it can locate and destroy them.
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