Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer. The immune system helps your body fight infections and other diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of the lymph system.

Reference: National Cancer Institute (NIH)

Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy that uses targeted drugs to convince the body’s immune system to recognize that there is something foreign in the body (cancer) and to attack the cells threatening it. Clinical trials are an integral part of finding new ways to harness the body’s ability to inhibit cancer development and growth. Sarah Cannon has a number of clinical trials for these modern immunotherapies and has been involved in the research for new immunotherapy drugs approved for the treatment of melanoma and lung cancer.

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Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT)

A cancer treatment that replaces abnormal blood stem cells with healthy cells. Also called stem cell transplant or blood and marrow transplant.

Reference: National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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CAR T-Cell Therapy, also known as Immune Effector Cell Therapy (IECT)

CAR T-Cell Therapy is a novel immunotherapy that programs a patient’s immune system to recognize and fight cancer. The immune system is responsible for ridding the body of abnormal cells that are foreign (like cancer) or infected. T-Cells are drawn from a patient's blood and genetically modified to recognize the patient’s cancer cells when reinfused. Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Network programs across the United States offer both research and FDA-approved CAR T-Cell Therapy options and have been actively involved in CAR T-Cell clinical trials for years. In fact, Sarah Cannon was one of the first non-university research centers to offer this therapy, continuing our mission to treat patients with promising new agents close to home.

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Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing.

Reference: National Cancer Institute (NIH)

Radiation Therapy

Below is a list of the types of radiation therapy.

  • 3D conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • Brachytherapy
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
  • Y-90 radioembolization
  • Total body irradiation (TBI)

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