Cancer immunotherapy in Israel is a innovative treatment that involves human immune system to kill cancer cells. This is a type of treatment that in some cases replaces chemotherapy.
Immunotherapy may be used as an adjuvant therapy as well as for metastatic cancer treatment advanced stages.
Immunotherapy of cancer is a more gentle method, because it has much fewer side effects, or sometimes do not have at all (individually for each patient).
Immunotherapy allows the immune system to identify and target the cancer cells, which makes it a universal response to cancer.
Israeli oncologists are very optimistic about immunotherapy, considering it a promising direction that can change the lives of people with cancer.
HOW DOES IMMUNOTHERAPY WORK AND WHAT IS ITS UNIQUENESS?
Cancer immunotherapy is unique because it uses the strength of human’s own immune system to treat cancer.
Immunotherapy works in two ways:
1. Stimulates the immune system to make it work more aggressively or “smarter” to kill cancer cells.
2. Strengthens the immune response by providing the body with additional proteins of the immune system.
Immunotherapy can be used both separately and with other types of treatment. It depends on the type of cancer, as well as on the genome of a particular person (personalized treatment or precision cancer treatment). Precision medicine allows to get the most effective treatment for different cancer types.
In order to define if immunotherapy fits certain patient and his tumor, our physicians perform molecular genetic analyses that help to find precision treatment for each patient.
WHAT TYPES OF CANCER CAN IMMUNOTHERAPY TREAT IN ISRAEL?
Currently, immunotherapy is used to treat almost all types of cancer, including those that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation therapy:
• Immunotherapy for bladder cancer
• Immunotherapy for colon cancer
• Immunotherapy for breast cancer
• Immunotherapy for esophageal cancer
• Immunotherapy for cervical cancer
• Immunotherapy for brain cancer
• Immunotherapy for lung cancer
• Immunotherapy for head and neck cancer
• Immunotherapy for kidney cancer
• Immunotherapy for leukemia
• Immunotherapy for ovarian cancer
• Immunotherapy for melanoma
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF IMMUNOTHERAPY?
Side effects of immunotherapy may differ from those observed with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. As immunoterapy drugs associated with stimulation of the immune system, they can vary from such minor symptoms as itching, rash, fever to more complicated conditions like autoimmune disorders, and in some very rare cases, more serious side effects.
These side effects differ in the type of cancer immunotherapy, and each patient can respond in a different way. It is very important to inform the doctor during immunotherapy treatment of any side effects, since many of them can be treated.
HOW DOES IMMUNOTHERAPY WORK AND WHAT IS ITS UNIQUENESS?
Immunotherapy can “train” the immune system to “remember” cancer cells. This causes longer remissions.
Clinical studies of long-term overall survival have shown that positive reactions to the treatment of cancer with immunotherapy are durable, that is, they can be maintained even after treatment is completed.
Immunotherapy for multiple myeloma
Immunotherapy (immunological, biological treatment) for multiple myeloma is a new effective method in Israel, which causes far fewer side effects than other treatments. Below there is information about immunotherapy drugs and precision (personalized) treatment in Israel.
Multiple myeloma is blood cancer, in particular plasma cells that produce antibodies. When these cells become malignant and get out of control, they can displace healthy cells in both the blood and bone marrow, thereby interfering with the functioning of the immune system.
Immunotherapy for lymphoma
Immunotherapy is a promising treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (nodular sclerosis or Hodgkin’s disease, mixed cell lymphoma) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in children and adults. Immunotherapy drugs stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells and have much less severe side effects.
Childhood cancer immunotherapy and biological treatment
Immunotherapy and biological treatment of children’s cancerous tumors is a new method that is more effective and helps to treat children in a safer way with much less severe side effects.
Immunotherapy for sarcomas treatment
Immunotherapy has proven to be a new effective treatment for sarcoma (osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma). Immunotherapy drugs affect the immune system, causing it to destroy the tumor with the least side effects for a patient.
Immunotherapy for stomach (gastric) cancer
Stomach or Gastric cancer immunotherapy in Israel is a treatment with drugs that activate the immune system to fight cancer cells.
Stomach cancer (adenocarcinoma) remains the fifth most common malignant disease in the world. One of the most common causes is infection with H. pylori bacteria.
Immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer immunotherapy (or immuno-oncology) is a new area of treatment for pancreatic cancer. The mechanism of action is the stimulation of the human immune system to fight tumor cells.
Immunotherapy for prostate cancer
Immunotherapy of prostate cancer is a treatment with drugs that activate the human immune system to fight cancer cells of the prostate tumor.
The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate is located just below the human bladder, where it surrounds the upper part of the urethra. The main function of the prostate gland is to secrete fluid that nourishes and protects sperm.
Immunotherapy for ovarian cancer
Immunotherapy for ovarian cancer – carcinoma, germinogenic, stromal tumor. Leading doctors consultation in Israel.
Immunotherapy ovarian cancer is a treatment aimed to activate the immune system of a woman to fight malignant cells on its own. As a rule, immunotherapy has fewer side effects than chemotherapy or does not have them in some patients.
Immunotherapy for liver cancer
Liver cancer immunotherapy is a drug therapy that activates the potential of the immune system to fight cancer cells in the liver.
The liver is an organ that performs many vital functions related to detoxification, processing of drugs, as well as the metabolism of fats and sugars. Liver cancer is more often found in men than in women.
Immunotherapy for leukemia
Immunotherapy drugs for leukemia in Israel approved by FDA, leading hematologists counselling. Immunological treatment of leukemia (blood cancer). Lymphoblastic leukemia (lymphocytic leukemia), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), hairy cell leukemia (HCL), T- cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), big granular lymphocytic leukemia.
Immunotherapy for kidney cancer
Immunotherapy of kidney cancer (carcinoma, rhabdoid sarcoma) in Israel is a new treatment aimed at stimulating the human immune system to fight cancer cells. Unlike chemotherapy, the patient does not suffer from excessive side effects during immunological treatment.
Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer
Immunotherapy represents a new and effective approach to the treatment of head and neck cancer, based on immune system stimulation to fight cancer cells.
Lung cancer immunotherapy
Progressive immunotherapy for lung cancer in Israel – Opdivo, Keytruda, Tecentriq, Yervoi, T-cell therapy TIL, Avastin, Vargatef, Cyramza, Tarceva, Iressa, Giottrif, Tagrisso, Portrazza, Alunbrig
Brain cancer immunotherapy
Immune therapy for brain cancer offers promising options for treating tumors that have traditionally been treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Cervical cancer immunotherapy
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women in the world, affecting more than half a million patients a year. For this type of cancer in Israel, new methods of immunotherapy are being developed and tested.
Esophageal cancer immunotherapy
Immunotherapy for esophageal cancer in Israel is the use of drugs that help the human immune system to find and destroy cancer cells.
Breast cancer immunotherapy and targeted therapy
Immunotherapy for breast cancer in Israel is a treatment that uses certain parts of the immune system to fight breast cancer. Immunotherapy drugs stimulate the immune system to search for cancer cells or add components (proteins) to the human immune system for killing cancer cells.
Colon cancer immunotherapy
Colon cancer immunotherapy in Israel is a new approach to the treatment of patients. Traditional methods of colorectal cancer treatment include chemotherapy, radiosurgery and surgery. Immunotherapy is a method that stimulates human immune system, activates it and causes the destruction of colon cancer cells.
Bladder cancer immunotherapy
Bladder cancer immunotherapy, also defined as biological therapy created to increase the body’s natural defense against cancer. It uses substances secreted or recognized by the body to improve or restore immune function.