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Cancer Basics: Treatment

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.

An Introduction to Radiation Therapy

This video produced by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), is meant to educate patients on external beam radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer and to help alleviate some of the fear of undergoing radiation therapy for treatment of their disease.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation - Understanding the Immune System

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.

Immunotherapy -- An Introduction

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.

Immunotherapy: How the Immune System Fights Cancer

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.

A Look at How CAR-T Cell Therapy Works

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. Here's a look at how the powerful CAR-T cell therapy works.

How targeted therapies work – Macmillan Cancer Support

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?

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.

What are the types of transplant?

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

What is a blood or marrow transplant?

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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