Immunotherapy for Gallbladder Cancer

Immunotherapy is the use of medicines to help a person’s immune system better recognize and destroy cancer cells. Many of these drugs are being tested in clinical trials to see if they might help treat gallbladder cancer.

To learn more about how drugs that work on the immune system are used to treat cancer, see Cancer Immunotherapy.

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Last Medical Review: July 12, 2018 Last Revised: July 12, 2018

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