Understanding Immunotherapy

Who may benefit from immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is currently not used as widely as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. However, checkpoint immunotherapy is likely to benefit patients with certain types of cancer, such as lung cancer and bladder cancer.16

To date, most patients who have had immunotherapy have had advanced cancer. Their cancer has either recurred and spread after primary treatment, or they were first diagnosed at an advanced stage.16

Immunotherapy is not right for everyone, so talk to your doctor to find out whether you may benefit from this treatment. To work out if immunotherapy is suitable, doctors will consider:16

Your overall health
The type and stage of cancer
Your treatment history