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Biological Therapy/Immunotherapy

Cancer Services in Toledo

Biological therapies is a broad term for cancer treatments that use the body's immune system to fight cancer, or to lessen the side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments. Biological response modifiers (BRM) occur naturally in the body, and can be produced in the laboratory. BRMs alter the interaction between the body's immune defenses and cancer cells to boost, direct, or restore the body's ability to fight the disease; this process is called immunomodulation.

Biological therapies include interferons, interleukins, colony-stimulating factors, monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, gene therapy, and nonspecific immunomodulating agents.

Mercy brings these cancer services, and more, to our patients in the Northwest Ohio area.

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