im·​mu·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce immunotherapy (audio) , i-ˌmyü-nō-\

Definition of immunotherapy

: treatment or prevention of disease (such as an autoimmune disorder, allergy, or cancer) that involves the stimulation, enhancement, suppression, or desensitization of the immune system — see adoptive immunotherapy

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immunotherapeutic \ ˌi-​myə-​nō-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​tik How to pronounce immunotherapeutic (audio) , i-​ˌmyü-​nō-​ \ adjective

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Bristol-Myers had lost its advantage in immunotherapy treatment of lung cancer to rival Merck & Co. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Behind Spate of Drug Deals, the Need for Short-Term Growth," 25 June 2019 To my surprise, immunotherapy drugs and surgeries have been wonderfully effective. Kate Bowler, Twin Cities, "Kate Bowler: The delicate balance of love and fear when cancer strikes," 21 June 2019 The operation to excise the cancer cells was successful, requiring no follow-up immunotherapy or chemo, and I was put under strict orders not to exert myself for the following month. Katie O'reilly, Outside Online, "Running After Melanoma," 30 June 2019 There are several projects ongoing inside the racks, aimed at unraveling Parkinson’s disease, finding antidotes to toxic agents, and developing immunotherapy for cancer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "A 10-Year Odyssey: What Space Stations Will Look Like in 2030," 10 June 2019 Experts are testing immunotherapy options that may attack triple negative breast cancer tumors as well. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "How Is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Different from Other Diagnoses?," 31 May 2019 In addition to head and neck cancer, AstraZeneca is testing monalizumab in colorectal cancer, for which there are currently no available immunotherapies. Denise Roland, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Adds Cancer Drugs to Pipeline with Innate Pharma Deal," 23 Oct. 2018 In the eyes of the Nobel committee, however, both deserve credit for launching cancer immunotherapy into a new era. Quanta Magazine, "Nobel Prize Awarded for Cancer Immunotherapy," 1 Oct. 2018 Rimm points out that trials haven't yet shown that high-TMB patients live longer on immunotherapy than on chemotherapy. Ken Garber, Science | AAAS, "Mutation-counting blood test could predict if cutting-edge immunotherapies can beat a cancer," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of immunotherapy

1910, in the meaning defined above

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im·​mu·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce immunotherapy (audio) \
plural immunotherapies

Medical Definition of immunotherapy

: treatment or prevention of disease (such as a cancer, autoimmune disorder, or allergy) that involves the stimulation, enhancement, suppression, or desensitization of the immune system Demonstrating promise is immunotherapy, in which special medications are used to beef up the body's own cancer-fighting cells.Harvard Health Letter, August 1997 If environmental control and pharmacotherapy fail to control symptoms, then allergen immunotherapy—also called hyposensitization or desensitization—may be considered.Discover, March 1998

called also immune therapy

— see adoptive immunotherapy

Other Words from immunotherapy

immunotherapeutic \ -​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyüt-​ik How to pronounce immunotherapeutic (audio) \ adjective
immunotherapeutic activity immunotherapeutic methods

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