Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Cancer Immunotherapy Available at the Integrative Cancer Treatment & Research Center (ICT-RC).

  • Cancer vaccinesActivated Dendritic Cells or substances placed back into the body to start or augment an immune response against a specific cancer peptide or autologous cells of the cancer itself.
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitorsThese drugs (anti-PD-L1 for example) take the ‘brakes’ off the immune system, which helps it to recognize and attack cancer cells. Used in combination with dendritic cell vaccines, helps to create a reciprocal, powerful immune attack against the cancer.
  • Monoclonal antibodiesMan-made versions of immune system proteins. Along with dendritic cell therapy, antibodies can also be very useful in treating cancer because they can be designed to attack a very specific part of a cancer cell.
  • Non-specific cancer immunotherapiesTreatments that boost the immune system in a general way, in order to mount an immune system attack against cancer cells.

Costs of Targeted Immunotherapy Treatments Worldwide Vary

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We may include:

  • Nutritional IVs and other natural therapies and enzymes specifically to boost the immune system, and help prevent metastasis
  • Vaccines activated against each peptide/tumor lysate
    • Each vaccine is made individually and specifically for the patient
    • Each vaccine is made as needed
    • Each vaccine is made using the patient’s own blood or apheresis material
    • Each vaccine is made using the patient’s own processed tumor cells and/or synthetic peptides, specifically made
    • Each vaccine made is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process

What Is Cancer Immunotherapy?

(Excerpts edited from the American Cancer Society website)

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Dendritic Cell Therapy:

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What the immune system does:

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Cancer Immunotherapy at ICT-RC:

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Shouldn’t the Immune System Already be Fighting Cancer?

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