Leukemia Research

Current Leukemia Research on Biological Therapy

Biological therapy is a treatment that uses the patient's immune system to fight cancer. Substances made by the body (or in a laboratory) are used to boost, direct, or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer. This type of cancer treatment is also called biotherapy or immunotherapy.
Monoclonal antibody therapy is a certain type of biological therapy that uses antibodies made in the laboratory from a single type of immune system cell. These antibodies can identify substances on cancer cells or normal substances that may help cancer cells grow. The antibodies attach to the substances and kill the cancer cells, block their growth, or keep them from spreading.
Monoclonal antibodies are given by infusion, and they may be used alone or to deliver drugs, toxins, or radioactive material directly to cancer cells.

Potential Benefits of Participation

Patients who join these research studies will have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research on leukemia. Patients who volunteer will also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about leukemia. Although these trials may pose some risks, researchers take careful steps to protect their patients.
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