Immunotherapy Immunotherapy, also known as biologic therapy, is a type of cancer treatment that uses your body’s own immune system to fight the disease. The cells, antibodies and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. By using the body’s natural defenses, oncologists are able to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells with few side effects. Unlike chemotherapy, which can cause serious side effects such as hair loss and vomiting, immunotherapy tends to be gentler on your system and has fewer negative repercussions. Immunotherapy is designed to boost the immune system, either directly or indirectly, by: Making cancer cells more recognizable by the immune system, and therefore more susceptible to destruction by the immune system Changing the way cancer cells grow so that they act more like healthy cells Stopping the process that transforms a normal cell into a cancerous cell Enhancing the body's ability to repair or replace normal cells damaged or destroyed by other forms of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy Preventing cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body The science of immunotherapy continues to grow and evolve, and Inspira is on the front lines of this new wave of cancer care. If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, call 1-800-INSPIRA. Why Choose Inspira? Advanced Technology Meets Compassionate Support We combine cutting-edge medical technology with a human touch, allowing us to provide expert care. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained oncology physicians are well-versed in the latest cancer treatments and are equipped with advanced technologies that can increase your chances for a successful recovery. We also understand that navigating the ups and downs of life with cancer can be overwhelming, which is why we provide a built-in support system of social workers, counselors, navigators, registered dieticians and behavioral health specialists so you and your family don’t have to walk the path to recovery alone. A Comprehensive Approach to Cancer Care Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multi-faceted approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or are a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience. Access to Clinical Trials Inspira participates in clinical trials to explore new ways to prevent, detect, or treat cancer. Clinical trials can also focus on other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Participants help others and may also benefit from receiving the newest treatment along with additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Cancer Services Close to Home Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with multiple facilities in the region, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.