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Immunotherapy

This refers to the delivery of medicines that are intended to 'pep up' the body's pwn defences against foreign antigens (which is envisaged to include cancer cells). The technique is most commonly used in kidney cancer, melanoma, myeloma and some other rare conditions (e.g.hairy cell leukaemia). The commonest form of therapy involves injections of interferons or interleukins - cell messengers or cytokines. However, more sophisticated forms of immunotherapy are coming along and include vaccine therapies, particularly of interest in malignant melanoma currently.
 

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