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Dr. Jason R. Williams of The Williams Cancer Institute was recently featured on the podcast “Targeted Talks”, along with medical oncologist Dr. George R. Simon, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The two discussed the importance community oncologists have on the future of treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

According to Dr. Williams, “every treatment option for non-small cell lung cancer now involves individualized immunotherapy.” Though oncologists had been resistant to including it in the plan of care for their patients, most have adapted as studies have revealed success, and more drugs are FDA approved.

Patients are asked as soon as they receive pathology reports whether they would like to start immunotherapy. There are limitations to success, as more data continues to be gathered on the subject. One promising option is the addition of cryoablation immunotherapy.

immune system

Intratumoral immunotherapy is one of the most recent scientific advances for cancer treatments. This discovery has had some amazing results, including eliminating traces of cancer cells within the patient’s body.

This treatment is centered around the idea of using the tumor as the vaccine to fight against cancer. It entails directly injecting high concentrations of immunostimulatory products, coupled with a small amount of medication, into the tumor.

One study published in the journal The Oncologist has shown that the overall response rate of this treatment was 55 percent, in a treatment course done over 12 weeks. Those who underwent a second course had a 26% to 51% success rate.

Here are five benefits to intratumoral immunotherapy:

immunotherapy for cancer

Your immune system does more than simply fight colds and flu. Throughout your life, your natural defenses seek out and destroy anything that is not recognized as part of the self including all kinds of germs and cancer cells before they have a chance to cause disease. Your immune system manages to destroy most rogue cells before they form a full-fledged tumor, but some of them get by your defenses. If you already have cancer, your immune system will still be working hard to keep your disease in check, but it probably can’t do the job on its own.

Cancer Treatment Advantage

Feeling confused and uninformed about cancer treatment is understandable. It’s our desire to help eliminate the confusion and inform you about effective treatment solutions, including cancer ablation.

On that subject, you might have heard about ablation therapy. If you have, you’re at an advantage.

Ablation therapy 101
Basically, cancer ablation uses heat or cold to eliminate (ablate) cancer tumors. The upside is that the procedure works without more invasive surgery.

Ablation therapy targets your tumor directly. Special probes guide the treatment with precision to your tumor with the assistance of imaging technology.

You will experience minimal pain and discomfort throughout your treatment. And your recovery time will be be much less than that following surgery or radiation treatment.

You will probably be able to have your treatment without hospitalization. Ablation therapy can also be used along with other chosen cancer treatments.