What is immunotherapy?

The immune system protects the body against illness and infection. Immunotherapies are treatments that use the immune system to find and attack cancer cells.

There are different types of immunotherapy. Each one uses the immune system in a different way. We have more information about:

Some types of immunotherapy are also a targeted therapy. We have more information about targeted therapy.

If you know the name of the treatment you are looking for, you can use our alphabetical list of targeted and immunotherapy drugs to find it. You can find more information about:

  • what the treatment is
  • how it is given
  • possible side effects.

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Checkpoint inhibitors

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