Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer

Immunotherapy, or biological therapy, attempts to stimulate the immune system to fight disease and protect the body from side effects of chemotherapy. Immunotherapy agents that may be used to treat colorectal cancer include bacilli Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and levamisole (Ergamisol).

Immunotherapy may cause flu-like side effects such as the following:

  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Publication Review By: Toomas Sorra, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Published: 14 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015