from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response.
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- n. The treatment of disease by adjusting the body's immune response.
- n. The treatment of cancer by improving the ability of the host to reject a tumour immunologically.
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- n. therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system
The term immunotherapy is used to describe treatments that can be used to re-program the immune system of people (or animals) with allergies; usually this involves repeatedly exposing the immune system to small amounts of the allergen.
Generally, patients receive injections for about three to five years, at which point the symptoms usually do not return if immunotherapy is stopped.
There are basically three key ways to treat allergies, says Rosenstreich: controlling your environment, taking medications and getting allergy shots, called immunotherapy.
The problems with the launch of Provenge, approved in April 2010 after a lengthy regulatory process, may show the potential difficulties in selling a so-called immunotherapy.
One is something known as immunotherapy, which actually former Clinton supporters on the body's own immune system, trying to teach it, if you will, to attack that tumor.
Yervoy is an example of an emerging class of treatments known as immunotherapy that harness the body's own immune system to fight tumors.
Steinman's discovery of what he named dendritic cells, which regulate and adapt the immune system's defense mechanisms, "laid the foundation for an area of therapy development that's just coming into its own, called immunotherapy," said Louis DeGennaro of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which helped fund Steinman's early work.
Allergy shots are a form of treatment for people with severe allergies called immunotherapy, in which a patient receives injections with a small amount of the allergens the person is allergic to.
Using a patient's own immune system to combat cancer, called immunotherapy, is a growing area of research that aims to develop less-toxic cancer treatments than standard chemotherapy and radiation.
A new approach to cancer treatment called immunotherapy could spare patients at least some of the grueling battery of chemotherapy treatments by retraining the body's own defenders -- the cells of the immune system -- to recognize and destroy tumors.