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Immunotherapy for Colon and Rectum

  • Immunotherapy alters body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells

    • Levamisole

    • Interferon

    • Both may be given in conjunction with 5-FU

chemotherapy

  • Make sure immunotherapy is first course

treatment

Immunotherapy is biological or chemical agents that alter the body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells. Immunotherapy is sometimes used to treat late stage colon and rectal cancer, but review the health record carefully to make sure that it is first course and not subsequent treatment. Levamisole and Interferon are both immunotherapy and may be given in conjunction with 5-FU chemotherapy treatment. The SEER*Rx database is an important resource to use when trying to determine what type of treatment a drug is. The database can be downloaded from the SEER Web site and is updated every six months.

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