A new treatment called Immunotherapy promises to be the new substitute for chemotherapy in the next decade, the treatment kills cancer cells as it increases the body’s immunity. As of now, the treatment provided positive results for the 200 patients who experienced it in Hong Kong. The final research will be published once the treatment is tested on 500 patients with cancer. Researchers acknowledge that the drug is also suitable for patients with final stage of cancer which is an important factor since it will substitute the painful process of chemotherapy.
The treatment was developed three years ago and since those time pharmaceutical companies have been working on developing different drugs for each type of tumor. The immunotherapy drug works by using the body’s own immune system to fight cancer cells. The side effects are small; they usually include a fever. However, companies are still working on research to see if they can detect other effects with the long-term use of the drug.
The initial treatments were performed at Hong Kong’s public hospitals in patients who suffered of lung cancer. The cost of the process ranges from HK$20,000 to HK$40,000 per month which is the average for cancer treatments.
Hong Kong doctors are setting meetings to increase awareness of immunotherapy and to help patients distinguish it from natural medicine. Samuel Mak, the founder of the Cancer Strategy Concern Group, stated that immunotherapy is going to be “accessible and affordable” for the patients.