Immunotherapy offers new options for some cancer patients
A growing number of medications that influence the body's immune system to help fight cancer are available to patients with certain types of cancer. Stephen Graziano, MD, explains the history of immunotherapy and recent advances that are extending the lives of some patients. Graziano is Upstate's chief of adult hematology and oncology, with expertise in lung cancer. He tells about clinical trials underway at Upstate that make use of immunotherapy medications and discusses the risks and side effects of these drugs, which are not appropriate for all patients.