Other Treatments for Colorectal Cancer
Biological therapy involves using medications or substances made by the body to increase or restore your body's natural defenses against cancer. It is also called immunotherapy. Monoclonal antibodies and interferon are examples of biological therapies.
Discuss the benefits and risks of the various treatments with your doctor. To date, there have not been significant benefits seen with the use of immunotherapies in the treatment of colon and rectal cancer. There are research trials in several institutions. You may wish to ask your doctor if it is appropriate to consider you for a research trial.
American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .
National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .
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