Immunotherapy saves lives

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Scribe:  N. Tru Bass



Immunotherapy is a therapy used to treat cancer patients that involve uses of the immune system.  Some consist of antibodies that bind to, and inhibit the function of proteins expressed by cancer cells.  Several ways the therapy my work are slowing or stopping growth in cancer cells, stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, and assist the immune system to work better at destroying cancer cells. 

In nature the human body’s immune system detects something harmful, it produces antibodies.  Antibodies are proteins that fight infection.  Immunotherapy has strong growth potential and is expected to grow from $62 billion in 2016 to more than $111.23 billion by 2021.

According to recent study the number of human lives can be saved with immunotherapy.  Minus immunotherapy, the five-year survival rate is only one percent in a study of 129 patients with advanced lung cancer.  

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