Posted: February 26, 2018
This year more than 40,000 children will undergo harsh cancer treatments. Young children will be subject to treatments that often leave them battling long-term side effects for the rest of their lives. That is why CureSearch excited about the promise of immunotherapy as a safer, less-toxic treatment for children. Thanks to an in-kind sponsorship from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, CureSearch has created immunotherapy eBook and video resources for families to better understand this revolutionary treatment process that boosts the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer.
To understand how immunotherapy works, you’ll need to know how the immune system protects your body against disease. The immune system detects invaders – such as viruses – and is able to distinguish them from healthy cells. Being able to tell the difference from invaders and healthy cells is important, as your body should only attack invaders. Immunotherapy works by using the patient’s immune system to help fight cancer cells and is a less-toxic alternative to traditional cancer treatment options.
Immunotherapy can work by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body and helping the immune system work better at destroying cancer cells. Currently, there are four main types of immunotherapy treatments that vary based on individual patient needs.
We know you’re wondering, what are the benefits of immunotherapy for children with cancer? We’ve listed a few benefits, with a full list included in the eBook:
- Standard treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can have long-term, severe side effects due to their toxicity. Immunotherapy is a less harmful treatment option.
- Immunotherapy treatment can have a widespread application to treat many types of pediatric cancer.
- When combined with standard treatments, immunotherapy can have a 30% increase in effectiveness at reducing cancer growth.
At CureSearch, we believe that immunotherapy is an important treatment option that aligns with our research vision to improve childhood cancer treatment to deliver the potential for childhood cancer patients to lead long, healthy lives. Thank you to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for helping us create and share these importance resources with families like yours.
Read the eBook titled Immunotherapy: A Cancer Treatment Option or watch the video for answers to your questions about immunotherapy as a treatment for childhood cancer.