Immunotherapy is one of the newest and most advanced types of therapies available to treat cancer. Immunotherapy, unlike invasive therapies, enhances the body’s unique ability to heal itself from the inside out, instead of therapies that work from the outside in.
Our immune system is the defense mechanism that protects us against the negative influences of antigens, proteins, bacteria, chemicals and cancerous cells that can cause us to become sick or develop diseases. It is composed of various types of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, whose numbers increase in response to infection and disease, including cancer.
With cancer, the immune system may be overwhelmed, with one fighter cell waging war against perhaps twenty-five cancer cells. The immune system has little chance of winning; sooner or later cancer will kill the host.
At the same time, the low doses of chemotherapy and radiation work to reduce the number of cancer cells from twenty-five billion to ten billion. By making the playing field more even, we know this gives the patient a better chance for success.
Rubio Cancer Center
Since its opening in 1985, the Rubio Cancer Center has based its treatment programs on the concept of integrated therapy, a series of differing treatments designed to complement one another. Integrative therapy providers recognize that an effective strategy to combating something as complex and severe as cancer should never disregard the potential benefits of any treatment, nor overlook any aspect of the disease’s impact on the patient’s life. Dr. Geronimo Rubio, medical director and founder of the Rubio Cancer Center, still holds to this approach, which continues to gain increasing acceptance in the medical community.