What is biotherapy?

Biotherapy is the use of medication that increases the ability of the immune system to fight cancer and infection. It can also reduce some side effects of cancer treatment.

Cancer cells divide and grow in a way that is not normal. Biotherapy stops cancer cells from dividing or growing. It can also help the immune system work more normally.

Biotherapy is used to:
  • Help chemotherapy work better
  • Help the immune system work better

Biotherapy is a treatment used to boost or restore the ability of the immune system to fight cancer, infections, and other diseases. Also used to lessen certain side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments. Agents used in biotherapy include monoclonal antibodies, growth factors, and vaccines. These agents may also have a direct antitumor effect. Also called biological response modifier therapy, biological therapy, BRM therapy, and immunotherapy.

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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