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Who may benefit from immunotherapy?

While immunotherapy is used to treat some people with cancer, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are still among the most commonly used cancer treatments.

Clinical trials in Australia have shown that immunotherapy is likely to benefit people diagnosed with cancers in the head and neck, bladder, kidney, lung as well as melanoma, leukaemia and lymphoma, with studies continuing for use in treating other cancer types.

Most studies into immunotherapy show the treatment is more likely to work for people who have few, if any, symptoms from their cancer. To date, majority of people who have been treated with immunotherapy have had advanced cancer that has either returned and spread after primary treatment, or they were first diagnosed at an advanced stage.

Immunotherapy may not be the right treatment for everyone, so talk to your doctor to find out whether you may benefit from this treatment.