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Biological therapy can be used to treat certain cancers, including brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma and pancreatic cancer. At Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, in Baltimore, Maryland, our doctors offer patients comprehensive cancer care including biological therapy.
Biological therapy, also known as immunotherapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy, is a treatment used to energize or rebuild the immune system. The immune system is made up of organs and cells that fight infection as well disease such as cancer. It also is used to protect the body from the side effects associated with other cancer treatments.
Biological therapy may be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Biological therapies either directly or indirectly help energize the immune system in the following ways:
The most common types of biological therapy include:
Biological therapy can be performed by injection into the veins, an organ or a cavity of the body. Biological therapy may also be administered to patients as part of clinical research studies or clinical trials. These studies evaluate the impact of biological therapy on cancer treatment. Your Mercy medical oncologist can provide information about the clinical trials offered at Mercy.
Not everyone is good candidate for biological therapy. Your doctor will help you decide if biological therapy is a good treatment option for your type of cancer. Biological therapy can be used for patients with the following cancers:
Depending on your type of cancer, your medical oncologist at Mercy will develop a treatment plan based on the best possible outcome with the goal to target cancer cells, stop tumor or slow down tumor growth and prevent the cancer from spreading.
The common side effects associated with biological therapy may include the following:
Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of cancers including leukemia and lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Drs. David Riseberg, Sandy Kotiah, Richard Huslig, Peter Ledakis and Vinod Varki offer expertise in cancer treatment through chemicals, biological products and immunotherapy, including chemotherapy, chemoembolization, biological and endocrine therapies and radiofrequency abalation.
Medical Oncology and Hematology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vinod Varki is a medical oncologist and hematologist at Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy in Baltimore, a division of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy.
An upbeat, determined patient seeks multidisciplinary care from Mercy experts to address her ovarian cancer.