Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Can Immunotherapy be used in combination with other traditional therapies like Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy? Yes it can be done; amalgamation of these two therapies can show promising results. Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments available for cancer. However it has got many side effects and it does not show cent percent results especially in case of solid tumors. On the other hand Immunotherapy is a more advanced method that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer without any major side effects. While radiation might be more focused than the sweeping methodology of chemotherapy, it can still harm the surrounding cellular tissue, as it lacks the ability to distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue. The known side effects of both chemo and radiation can be very harsh and can also create long-term health risks. However immunotherapy techniques have shown very few side effects (and less serious ones) during clinical trials
So what Exactly Is Cancer Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a new class of cancer treatment that has delivered astonishing results till date. Also known as Biologic therapy/ Biotherapy, it enhances the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It can be done either by;
a)Training the immune system to recognize the cancer cell and destroy it.
b)Or by stimulating the immune system to destroy the tumour cells by using antibodies.
Immunotherapy has a long-lasting effect, because the technology involves training the immune system to defend itself against cancer cells. Once trained, the body automatically remembers what a Cancer cell looks like and how best to tackle it. On the other hand Chemotherapy along with cancer cells also kills normal cells thereby making the body weak. And Radiotherapy uses x-rays, gamma rays etc. to shrink tumors and destroy cancer cells which results in the damage of their genetic structure. One method of decreasing the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy as well as boosting the efficacy of the treatment could be combining these traditional therapies with Immunotherapy techniques. These combinations will not only serve the purpose to fight the disease but also avoid severe side effects like hair loss, damage to normal cells etc. Cancer Healer Center located in several states of India provides Immunotherapy along with traditional therapies, assuring the possibility of higher viability with lower side effects. As told by Helen Keller- “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” This is a treatment that aims to a future with a long and healthy life, not living in the shadows of Cancer but light.