immunotherapy

noun
im·mu·no·ther·a·py | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈther-ə-pē , 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, i-ˌmyü-nō- \ adjective

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More than 40% of lung cancers showed a high TMB, and the patients with those tumors, on average, did much better on the immunotherapy. Ken Garber, Science | AAAS, "Mutation-counting blood test could predict if cutting-edge immunotherapies can beat a cancer," 27 June 2018 But frankly, there are many patients for whom immunotherapy may be potentially harmful. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Is chemo obsolete? Not by a long shot, cancer experts say," 24 June 2018 This is the first time, however, that immunotherapy has helped a patient with metastatic breast cancer. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "This Woman's Terminal Breast Cancer Disappeared After Immunotherapy. Here's Why That's Such a Big Deal," 8 June 2018 In this podcast, Socinski outlines the evolution of cancer treatments, describes how immunotherapy works and explains side effects associated with these groundbreaking drugs. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "PODCAST: Using the immune system to fight cancer (Ep. 29)," 21 May 2018 The exact treatment plan for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on the type and location of the cancer but may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. Andrea Park, SELF, "After a Second Back Surgery, Abby Lee Miller Shows Off Her Healing Progress on Instagram," 2 July 2018 China’s drug regulator on Friday approved the country’s first immunotherapy treatment for cancer patients. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "China just approved its first cancer immunotherapy drug. Here’s what’s next in the pipeline," 15 June 2018 For the next 19 months, Addy underwent 33 radiation treatments in Arkansas, then 10 experiential chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments in Mexico to try to buy her more time, Sooter said. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "The story behind the viral photo of a 6-year-old comforting his dying sister," 12 June 2018 But within a week after her first immunotherapy treatment, those tumors began shrinking. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "This Woman's Terminal Breast Cancer Disappeared After Immunotherapy. Here's Why That's Such a Big Deal," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of immunotherapy

1910, in the meaning defined above

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immunotherapy

noun
im·mu·no·ther·a·py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē \
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 \ adjective
immunotherapeutic activity immunotherapeutic methods

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