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Immunotherapy in Turkey: Affordable prices for advanced cancer treatments

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that works by stimulating the body's own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells. It can be used alone or in combination with other cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted therapy.

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Indications for Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a promising approach to cancer treatment in Turkey. It can be used in several situations for:

  • Patients with metastatic cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Patients with recurrent cancer that has returned after treatment.
  • Patients who have not responded to other cancer treatments.

On the other hand, immunotherapy is gaining ground as a first-line treatment for certain types of cancer:

  • Breast cancer: Immunotherapy has shown promising results in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type of cancer that does not respond to hormonal treatments.
  • Lung cancer: Immunotherapy is used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Its effectiveness is comparable to chemotherapy.
  • Melanoma: Immunotherapy has revolutionized the treatment of melanoma, significantly increasing patient survival rates.
  • Leukemia, lymphoma, prostate cancer: Immunotherapy is also being used to treat several types of blood cancers and solid tumors, with encouraging results.

It is important to note that immunotherapy is not a cure-all and is not suitable for all patients.

The decision to use immunotherapy should be made in consultation with an experienced oncologist.

Immune system and cancer: what can be done?

The immune system is the body's first line of defense against cancer. Normally, it recognizes and destroys abnormal cells, slowing or preventing tumor growth. Immune cells called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are sometimes found in and around tumors. Their presence indicates an immune system response against cancer, and patients whose tumors contain them often have a better prognosis.

Unfortunately, cancer cells can develop strategies to evade the immune system. They can:

  • Change their genetic appearance to make them less visible to immune cells.
  • Have proteins on their surface that inactivate immune cells.
  • Modify the normal cells around the tumor to interfere with the immune response.

Cancer immunotherapy: How does it work?

Immunotherapy aims to boost the immune system's ability to fight cancer. It works in several ways:

  • Stimulating immune cells: Immunotherapy may stimulate existing immune cells to become more effective in destroying cancer cells.
  • Activating dormant immune cells: Immunotherapy can help "wake up" inactive immune cells and encourage them to attack the cancer.
  • Teach the immune system to recognize cancer: Immunotherapy can teach the immune system to recognize cancer cells as dangerous cells that need to be destroyed.

Side effects of immunotherapy

As with any cancer treatment, immunotherapy may cause side effects. Some common immunotherapy side effects include

  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Hair loss.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Itching.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Flu-like symptoms.

More serious side effects of immunotherapy may include

  • Allergic reactions.
  • Neutropenia with low white blood cell counts.
  • Anemia with low red blood cell counts.
  • Thrombocytopenia with low platelet counts.
  • Inflammation of the lungs. 

It's important to talk to your oncologist about any side effects you may be experiencing. He or she may prescribe medicines to help reduce side effects and adjust your treatment plan if necessary.

Immunotherapy: Affordable prices in Turkey

On average, the price of immunotherapy in Turkey ranges from €5,000 to €20,000 per treatment cycle. The price varies according to several factors, including the stage of the cancer and the duration of treatment.

These prices include Turquie Santé's services, such as researching and selecting immunotherapy centers, booking appointments, organizing travel and accommodation, and providing medical and linguistic support.

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Last update : 26/05/2024

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