Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps use the power of your body’s own immune system to fight cancer. The immune system helps your body fight infections and other diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of the lymph system.

Immunotherapy can:

  • awaken your body’s immune system to recognise and attack specific cancer cells;

  • boost your body’s immune cells to help eliminate cancer; and

  • provide your body with additional elements to enhance the immune response.

Several types of immunotherapy are used to treat cancer. These treatments can either help the immune system attack the cancer directly or stimulate the immune system in a more general way.

While immunotherapy does not yet work for everyone, it does have the potential to treat all cancers because of its ability to enhance the immune system to recognise, target, and eliminate cancer cells, wherever they are in the body, possibly making it a treatment for all cancers.