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Biological Therapy

Biological Therapy is provided on the second floor of The Compton Center.

Biological therapies (also called immunotherapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy) use the body's immune system to fight cancer. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. It also helps find and destroy damaged and abnormal cells, like cancer cells.

Biological therapy helps your immune system fight cancer by:

  • Stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells
  • Making it easier for the immune system to destroy or eliminate cancer cells
  • Keeping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body

Types of biological therapy include interferon, interleukin, monoclonal antibodies, colony stimulating factors or cytokines and vaccines.

Whether you have biological therapy depends on the type of cancer you have, how far your cancer has spread (the stage), and the other cancer treatments you’ve had.