Immunotherapy for kidney cancer
What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy for kidney cancer is a type of treatment that activates the immune system so it will attack cancer cells. It helps the immune system view the cancer cells as foreign cells, just like virusses and bacteria. The immune cells will start cleaning up the cancer cells. This is called an immune response.
The treatment does not directly target the tumor (like targeted therapy), but aims to strengthen the immune system itself.
What are the effects of immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy cannot cure the cancer, but it can extend your lifespan. Currently immunotherapy only proves effective in 1 out of every 4 patients. We cannot predict whether the treatment will work for you.