Monoclonal antibodies are immune system proteins that are created in the lab. Antibodies are produced naturally by your body and help the immune system recognize germs that cause disease, such as bacteria and viruses, and mark them for destruction. Like your body’s own antibodies, monoclonal antibodies recognize specific targets.
Many monoclonal antibodies are used to treat cancer. They are a type of targeted cancer therapy, which means they are designed to interact with specific targets. Some monoclonal antibodies are also immunotherapy because they help turn the immune system against cancer. For example, as illustrated here, some monoclonal antibodies bring T cells close to cancer cells, helping the immune cells kill the cancer cells.
See also www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/immunotherapy/monoclonal-antibodies.
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