How Immunotherapy Treats Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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We don’t seem to hear a lot about kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), but it’s among the 10 most common cancers in the United States. Over 60,000 people every year in the U.S. are diagnosed with it. Unfortunately, because most symptoms don’t become obvious until the tumors are larger, many people are diagnosed with kidney cancer only after it has progressed to later stages, when it is called advanced renal cell carcinoma.

For many years, treatment options for advanced renal cell carcinoma were limited. Traditional chemotherapy isn’t as effective on advanced renal cell carcinoma as it is on other types of cancer and when it is effective, the cancer often returns within a few years and is more difficult to treat.

What is immunotherapy, and how can it fight cancer? These experts explain this exciting new treatment.

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