How does biological therapy treat urinary system cancers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Biological therapy, also known as biologic therapy, biotherapy, and immunotherapy, uses drugs or other substances to enhance the immune system's response to urinary system cancer. For example, some types of bladder cancer are treated with substances that are injected directly into the bladder, such as a type of bacterium that triggers an immune response. The immune system is stimulated to respond and attacks the cancer cells as well as the bacterium. A drug called interferon is also used in this way to treat bladder cancer and some types of kidney cancer.

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