How are Whole Tumor Vaccines different from other Immunotherapy treatments?
Cancer or tumor immunotherapy can come in different forms nowadays. It could be drug based or cell based. Drug-based immunotherapies (with antibodies) are designed to activate the immune system without specificity. The whole tumor vaccination treatment is done in two stages. First, it is an induction of the immune system through RCT. Then, it is followed by personalized tumor vaccination in stage two.
Personalized tumor vaccination is intended to trigger an immune response against patient’s own antigens, unlike drug-based immunotherpy. It is still experimental and much more personalized approach to cancer immunotherapy and cancer treatment in general.