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Cancer Basics: Treatment

CancerQuest - Emory University: Introduction to Chemotherapy - 13 minutes


American Cancer Society: Chemotherapy - 3 minutes

This short video provides answers to some of the most common questions that people with cancer have about chemotherapy.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer: An Introduction with Dr. Karen Winkfield

Dr. Karen Winkfield explains what radiation therapy is, the types used in cancer treatment, and how it may affect the body during treatment and after treatment is complete.


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Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation - Understanding the Immune System - 3:30 minutes

The immune system is a multi-layered defense system. In this video you will learn about your body’s innate and adaptive immune systems and how they work together to respond to bacteria, viruses, and cancer.


Cancer.Net - Immunotherapy: An Introduction - 6 minutes

In this patient education video, Dr. Jyoti Patel offers an overview of immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy. This is a type of treatment designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer.


National Cancer Institute - Immunotherapy: How the Immune System Fights Cancer - 3:30 minutes

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. This animation explains three types of immunotherapy used to treat cancer: nonspecific immune stimulation, T-cell transfer therapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.


Cancer Support Community - Immunotherapy Overview - 8:30 minutes

This video explains what immunotherapy is and how it works. It covers 8 common types of immunotherapy treatments and explains how each treatment works in different ways with your immune system to fight cancer.

A Look at How CAR-T Cell Therapy Works - 1:30 minutes


Cancer Support Community - CAR T Cell Therapy - 13:40 minutes

This video discusses how CAR T cell therapy works, cost of treatment and insurance, possible side effects and future research.  

How targeted therapies work – Macmillan Cancer Support - 2:40 minutes

This cancer information video describes a common treatment for cancer – targeted therapies. The animation shows how the targeted therapies work and what effect they have on the body to try to make the cancer cells reduce.


Cancer.Net - What Are Targeted Therapies for Cancer Treatment? - 6 minutes

Targeted therapy works by using medication to target the cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. Thoracic oncologist Dr. Jyoti Patel explains how this personalized or precision medicine works, and how it differs from other cancer treatments.


Cancer Support Community - Precision Medicine: Targeted Therapy - 6:30 minutes

Be the Match: What are the types of transplant? - 6:30 minutes

Transplant experts and patients describe the difference between an autologous and allogeneic transplant.


Be the Match: What is a blood or marrow transplant? - 5 minutes

Patients and transplant experts explain the basics of a blood or marrow transplant.

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

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