Traditional cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, often attack tumor cells directly. However, the main goal of immunotherapy is to activate or strengthen the body's immune system so that it can recognize and destroy cancer cells. The advantage of this approach is that it avoids some of the side effects of traditional treatments.


Immunotherapy is a rapidly developing. New treatment methods and technologies are constantly being researched and developed to improve therapeutic effects and reduce side effects. Although immunotherapy generally has less severe side effects than traditional treatments, it can still cause some side effects. Common side effects include fatigue, fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, and more. Serious side effects are relatively rare but may include organ damage due to overactivation of the immune system. Everyone responds differently to immunotherapy, and the severity of side effects can vary.


Because immunotherapy does not work for all patients, our oncologists often use specific screening criteria to determine which patients are best suited to receive immunotherapy. In addition, the effects of immunotherapy may vary from person to person, so individualized treatment strategies are also important.