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Biological Therapy

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, we understand the impact that autoimmune disorders and conditions like arthritis, Crohn's disease, and cancer can have on your daily life. That's why we offer cutting-edge Biological Therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment options. Biological therapy, also known as biologic or biotherapy, represents an advanced approach aimed at restoring the immune system's normal function or enhancing its ability to combat various health conditions.

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What is Biological Therapy?

Biological therapy harnesses the power of biological response modifiers (BRMs), naturally occurring substances in the body that combat diseases. These therapies are particularly effective in addressing autoimmune disorders, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues.

Conditions Treated with Biological Therapy

Biological therapy is a versatile treatment option and can be used to manage a range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis

  • Crohn's disease

  • Cancer

  • And more


Dr. Shanahan, with years of expertise in rheumatology, conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the most suitable biological therapy based on the type and severity of your condition.

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Common Biological Therapies

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, we employ various biological therapies tailored to individual patient needs. Some of the most commonly used options include:

  1. Monoclonal Antibodies: These are engineered antibodies that target specific proteins involved in the inflammatory process.

  2. Interferon: A naturally occurring protein that enhances the immune system's ability to fight viruses and other pathogens.

  3. Interleukin-2: A protein that regulates immune responses and can be used to treat certain cancers.

  4. Colony-Stimulating Factors: Substances that stimulate the production of blood cells in the bone marrow.

  5. Etanercept: A medication that inhibits tumor necrosis factor (TNF), reducing inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

  6. Infliximab: An anti-TNF medication used to treat autoimmune conditions.

Enhancing Immune Response

In addition to directly treating conditions, biological therapies can also be employed to stimulate the immune system, helping to mitigate side effects associated with other treatment options.

Managing Side Effects

Like any medical intervention, biological therapy may have side effects. Dr. Shanahan takes the time to discuss potential side effects with each patient, addressing any concerns and ensuring a thorough understanding of the treatment plan. Side effects can include flu-like symptoms, rash, bruising, bleeding, and more. Our team is dedicated to supporting you throughout the treatment process, ensuring your comfort and well-being.

Your Path to Wellness

Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy is committed to providing personalized and effective biological therapy options to improve your quality of life. If you're seeking advanced treatments for autoimmune disorders or related conditions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanahan to explore how Biological Therapy can be a transformative part of your healthcare journey.


Contact us today to begin your path to wellness with Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy's expert care and cutting-edge treatments.

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