- Latest research. Mayo Clinic is a leader in translating knowledge gained from cancer research into effective care for people with cancer. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are investigating the function of biological therapy for cancer and developing ways to use it for treating more types of cancer.
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There are three major types of biological therapies.
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- Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy helps repair, stimulate or enhance the body's natural ability to fight cancer, helping cancer cells. Cancer vaccines, interferon and interleukin-2 treatments are examples of immunotherapies. A newer form of immunotherapy, called ipilimumab (Yervoy), has shown effectiveness in treating advanced melanoma, and studies on its use in treating other forms of cancer are under way.
- Targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses nonchemotherapy drugs to target specific cancer cells. Unlike chemotherapy, targeted therapy spares normal cells and may reduce the side effects of other therapies. Many anti-cancer targeted therapies are in clinical trials and could be widely used in the future.
- Anti-angiogenesis. Anti-angiogenesis (an-tie-an-je-oh-JEN-uh-sis) helps prevent the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) in a tumor. Because tumors need to develop blood vessels to grow or spread, this therapy helps stop them from growing. Mayo researchers are conducting clinical trials involving anti-angiogenesis for several types of cancers.