Introduction to Cancer Immunotherapy and the Immune System

This activity is based on the Patient Resource Guide, Understanding Cancer Immunotherapy 4th Edition (published in Dec. 2017), designed for newly diagnosed and restaged cancer patients and their caregivers. This interactive activity takes a closer look at how the immune system works to fight against cancer, cancer immunotherapy treatment types and clinical trials.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of newly diagnosed and restaged cancer patients and their caregivers.

Educational Objectives

  1. Describe how the immune system works to protect the body from foreign invaders and how the immune system can be used to fight cancer.
  2. Explain the history and evolution of immunotherapy as a cancer treatment.
  3. Describe how various immunotherapy treatments work in different ways to fight cancer; including case scenario example.
  4. Examine which immunotherapies are currently being developed in clinical trials.

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Target Audience
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Available Beginning
May. 22, 2018

Approximate Time to Complete
30 Minutes

No credit available


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This online patient education activity was produced with generous support from: