What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy relies on the use of the immune system to remove cancer cells from the body, as it usually does for bacteria or viruses. This therapy teaches the immune system to identify and destroy tumor cells.
Immunotherapy represents a major hope in the fight against cancer. Although improvements are still needed, the many immunotherapy studies are doing very well. Several treatments are already available. This therapy is never used alone for first-line use, but can nevertheless help eradicate the tumor.
For several years, various avenues have been explored to stimulate the immune system like:
Injection of the anti-tuberculosis vaccine which is known to stimulate immunity;
Collection of lymphocytes, their multiplication in the laboratory and their re-injection to the patient;
Injection of cytokines (chemical messengers) capable of stimulating the immune system. However, they can cause high fevers.
Studies have also been conducted on cancer cell modification. These were rendered harmless by laboratory irradiation and then re-injected into the patient. The challenge was to modify the cell sufficiently to stimulate immunity without altering it too much so that it does not differ too much from other cancer cells. Through this method, they remain recognizable from the immune system.
Who is this procedure for?
- Cancer and tumor patients
Intervention or treatment's duration
- The session lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours
How does this treatment work against cancer?
Immunotherapy differs from other cancer treatments based on the fact that it does not directly target cancer cells but the patient’s immune system. The treatments currently used are aimed at releasing or restoring the action developed by the patient’s immune system against his/her tumor, in order to reduce or even eliminate it because the "memory" of the immune system is capable of recognizing and eliminating a possible resurgence of cancer cells. Turquie santé is currently experiencing the beginning of a real therapeutic revolution that should eventually affect many types of cancer, through the development of numerous drugs to use the patient’s own immune defenses to fight the tumor.
What cancers are treated?
Lung cancer treatment
Immunotherapy in Turkey is a class of treatments that draw part of a person's immune system to help them destroy cancer cells. Recent clinical studies are encouraging and show that immunotherapy for lung cancer alone or in combination with conventional treatments can significantly improve patient outcomes.
Treatment of liver cancer
Immunotherapy for liver cancer may improve the immune system responses to cancer, but may not always be available or viable for patients with a history of hepatitis infection.
Treatment of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is much more resistant to chemotherapy than other types of cancer, leaving patients with fewer options when it comes to treating the disease in its early stages.
Immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer is currently undergoing clinical trials that offer potential new options for patients with this difficult-to-treat cancer.
Survival time three times greater
The analysis of 19 international studies conducted on 11,640 patients with different types of cancer shows that 25% of those treated with immunotherapy had a lasting response, compared to only 11% among those who received another treatment such as chemotherapy or targeted therapy. A lasting response consists of having a cancer-free survival time more than three times the median cancer-free survival time.
How much does immunotherapy cost in Turkey and Istanbul?
With Turquie santé, we help our patients pay affordable prices, but not at the expense of quality. You can choose from more than 70 clinics in Izmir, Istanbul, Turkey, Ankara, and Antalya.