Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Immunotherapy?
Our team of highly-trained specialists is always up-to-date with the latest medical innovations, and while improving cancer patients' results still requires a lot of work and effort, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital's cancer specialists are constantly exploring new ways to develop the effectiveness of immunotherapy. Treatment includes frequent doctor visits and dependable care to ensure constant health monitoring and improvement.
Immunotherapy is a type of promising biological therapy that focuses on the ability and strength of the immune system to restore itself, control, and fight practically every type of cancer.
This treatment may be used to either directly attack cancer cells, boost the immune system to respond to the disease, or prevent it from recurring.
These various types of immunotherapies can also have other specific outcomes:
- Locating cancer cells to be recognized by the immune system through the use of certain proteins, called monoclonal antibodies;
- Strengthening the immune system against precise cancer targets through vaccines;
- Marking cancer cells for the immune system to locate and destroy them.
Immunotherapy can stimulate the production of cancer-fighting cells or help healthy cells identify and attack cancer cells.
It can treat almost every type of cancer, as it is the reassuring result of years of extensive research obtained through successfully implemented clinical trials.
Immunotherapy medication varies:
- Intravenous (directly into a vein);
- Oral (it comes in the form of pills to be swallowed);
- Subcutaneous or intramuscular injections;
- Intravesical (it goes directly into the bladder, in case of bladder cancer);
- Topical (it comes in the form of a cream to be rubbed onto the skin, in case of early skin cancer).
The duration of the treatment is influenced by the stage and type of cancer, administered medication, and the body’s response to therapy. It can be administered periodically, every day, week, or month, depending on these factors and the doctor’s assessment of what drug is more effective for the patient.
A recovery period is essential after treatment, allowing some time to produce healthy cells.
Immunotherapy can be used as a singular treatment for cancer, or together with other procedures to increase chances, depending on the circumstances.
Immunotherapy can produce reliable reactions in most types of cancer, occurring however only in around 25% of cases, but with great growth potential.
The risks of the procedure are associated with side effects, which can be different for every patient, and depend on the type of cancer and administered treatment, as well as the overall health condition.
They also vary in intensity, ranging from mild to potentially life-threatening.
The most common side effects are:
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Allergic reactions (characterized by low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, rash or swelling at the injection spot);
- Fever/ chills;
- Not feeling hungry.
Rare complications occur when the immune system starts attacking organs like your lungs, kidneys, liver, intestines, or heart.
The severity of a symptom determines if your doctor pauses the treatment for some time, or stops it altogether.
At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we want you to learn how the expertise and caring of our committed team can make your treatment a success.
Find out more about immunotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital by calling us today at 310.823.8911.
We are looking forward to scheduling a consultation and to showing you just how encouraging this procedure is.