Virus therapy to treat cancer

Virus therapy uses a virus that has been made or changed in a laboratory. The virus finds and infects the cancer cells. This treatment also trains the immune system to find and attack cancer cells.

A virus therapy called T-VEC (Imlygic®) is sometimes used to treat melanoma that has come back in the same area. Other types of cancer may be treated with virus therapies as part of a research trial (clinical trial).

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Checkpoint inhibitors

Checkpoint inhibitors block signals that are stopping the immune system from attacking cancer cells.