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Why immunotherapy is emerging as the ‘fourth pillar’ of cancer treatments, experts say

For decades, the go-to treatments for cancer have been chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — but a fourth option is showing promising results.

Immunotherapy — which some experts are calling the “fourth pillar” of cancer treatments — is a relatively new approach that taps into the power of the patient’s immune system to fight the disease.

“If we look historically at how we treated cancer, primarily for most of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st century, cancer care was either surgery to cut it out, radiation to burn it or chemotherapy to poison it,” Dr. Michael Zinner, CEO and executive medical director at Miami Cancer Institute, which is part of Baptist Health South Florida, told Fox News Digital via email.

“We’re not quite there yet, but we’re moving in that direction.”

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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