Test helps doctors decide on cancer treatment

Dr Raghav Sundar (above), a consultant at the cancer institute, says immunotherapy is not the magic bullet but an additional weapon in the fight against cancer. If doctors know from the outset that immunotherapy will not work for a patient, they can
Dr Raghav Sundar, a consultant at the cancer institute, says immunotherapy is not the magic bullet but an additional weapon in the fight against cancer. If doctors know from the outset that immunotherapy will not work for a patient, they can switch to other options.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Dr Raghav Sundar (above), a consultant at the cancer institute, says immunotherapy is not the magic bullet but an additional weapon in the fight against cancer. If doctors know from the outset that immunotherapy will not work for a patient, they can
Dr Raghav Sundar (above), a consultant at the cancer institute, says immunotherapy is not the magic bullet but an additional weapon in the fight against cancer. If doctors know from the outset that immunotherapy will not work for a patient, they can switch to other options.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Immunotherapy offers alternative for some patients where conventional therapies fail

In the world of cancer treatment, immunotherapy has been a game-changer for some patients.

The treatment, which has been gaining traction in recent years, harnesses drugs to supercharge the immune system so it is better able to seek out and kill cancer cells.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline 'Test helps doctors decide on cancer treatment'. Print Edition | Subscribe