A diagnosis of cancer is something that everyone prays doesn’t touch their lives or the lives of those around them; however, if the worst happens and cancer ends up impacting your life or the lives of those you love, we at Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. (JOHA) fully believe that in order to properly fight this dreaded disease in its many forms, one must be as educated as possible about it. Being armed with information is the best way to literally and metaphorically go into the battle of beating cancer.

That being said, no soldier can go into a fight without having the proper equipment. From prostate cancer to lung cancer or breast cancer to complex blood disorders, there is no denying that the best chance of beating cancer at any stage is when the body is prepared to fight its strongest fight. This is where immunotherapy comes into the picture. According to the National Cancer Institute, the purpose of your immune system is to help you fight off infections and other diseases, and immunotherapy is defined as “ a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer.” Though it’s not yet as common as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery treatments, immunotherapy is administered to patients mainly intravenously.

While not discounting the effectiveness of other methods of cancer treatment, many today are praising what immunotherapy can do for cancer patients. Take the Washington Post for example. This article tells the powerful story of a patient who had lost hope, was told that the implications of her disease were vast, and was advised that the outcome was bleak. But, with the help of clinical trials, experimentation, and the determination to survive, immunotherapy had impactful and lasting results for her. It’s comforting to hear a real-life story of how immunotherapy has positively impacted the lives of patients  or their loved ones. It has come a long way, and this technology can only advance in the years to come. If Stefanie Joho can beat her colon cancer when the odds were stacked against her, think of who else immunotherapy has yet to touch!

Now that we understand a little bit more about what immunotherapy is, let’s explore some types of immunotherapy that can treat cancer today. The most common form of immunotherapy treatment that patients are utilizing today include checkpoint inhibitors. Checkpoint inhibitors expose cancer cells to the body’s immune system. This is a method that is becoming increasingly more relevant and prevalent, and one that we at JOHA are currently using for our patients.

Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. has founded itself on providing exceptional patient care in the form of cancer care and immunotherapy. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all of your oncology and hematology needs as well as improve the quality of life of our valued patients and their families. Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. has been fortunate to serve the Chicago area since 1981. Our practices are large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To us, your health and your well-being are the top priority, and we will do whatever it takes to provide the advanced care required to get you feeling well again. To learn more about the services that Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. can provide, browse our website for information, contact us via email, or call one of our 3 area locations.