Williams Cancer Institute

Hardly anyone, including doctors who perform this procedure

“Hardly anyone, including doctors who perform this procedure, realize that cryoablation can be used to generate a powerful immune response leading to one of the most successful cancer treatments that exist, particularly for patients with Stage III or IV cancer, where the options for treatment are most limited. Each year there are approximately 600,000 advanced […]

Combination immunotherapy is generally more effective than any single agent.

Side Effects of Immunotherapy

“The anti-cancer immune response is as complex as is cancer itself. It is highly unlikely that one agent alone is sufficient to generate an effective anti-cancer immune response. Not only does CTLA-4 help tumors to suppress the immune response against them, PD-1 also plays an important role. It has already been shown in clinical trials […]

Typically your health insurance will not cover the costs of the drugs without FDA approval for your specific form of cancer, but combining immunotherapy with cryoablation or directly injecting the drugs into the tumor can drastically reduce the costs of medications.

“Unfortunately, insurance carriers will almost never provide coverage for a drug used to treat a condition that the FDA hasn’t approved it to treat. That means that if the drug your physician prescribes has not been approved by the FDA to treat the specific form of cancer you have, it may be almost impossible for […]

What You Need to Know to Get Started: The Basics of Cancer Immunotherapy

“In essence, as powerful as the immune system is, cancer  has been even more intelligent. It is not just the fact that the  immune system fails to recognize cancer that has made cancer  so challenging to treat effectively, but also the fact that cancer  is actively able to avoid the immune system. In simple terms, […]

DOES ACETAMINOPHEN DECREASE THE IMMUNE RESPONSE?

Acetaminophen is one of the foremost frontline medications in relieving pain and discomfort. It’s relatively safe. It’s the most common and cheapest on the market. Of course, anything in excess can be harmful. A few pills too many or combined with alcohol, and it can cause severe liver failure or death. But is that the […]

Did you know that you can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer and improve immunotherapy response by doing aerobic exercise?

Thirty minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 50%. Aerobic exercise produces adrenaline (the fight-or-flight hormone). Adrenaline can boost the immune response by enhancing how the body handles signal proteins like Interleukin-15, which activates and increases the proliferation and survival of T-cells, B-cells, and NK (natural […]