Immunotherapy for Cervical Cancer

Immunotherapy is a relatively new approach in cancer treatment that aims to harness the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. Cancer cells are able to grow in the body because they are adept at hiding from the body’s natural defenses and immune system. Immunotherapy uses drugs and other agents to reveal these cells and trigger the body’s immune system to mount an attack on them.

Immunotherapy agents work in different ways and with different aspects of the immune system. For cervical cancer, immunotherapy may include:

  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors. These drugs target certain proteins known as immune checkpoints which work to depress the immune response. The drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is a checkpoint inhibitor may be part of your cervical cancer treatment plan.

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