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Building “boot camps” for immune cells near tumors

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By: Alyssa Kneller From: Redington Newsdesk Novartis is collaborating with @wyssinstitute and @DanaFarber to develop devices with #cancer-fighting potential A new wave of therapies is unleashing the body’s immune system on cancer, significantly extending lives. These agents, however, don’t work for everyone, so scientists are exploring new approaches that might enable immunotherapies to more effectively combat tumors. One idea, born …

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Where We Are in the Hunt for a Cancer Vaccine

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By: Sam Spengler From: smithsonianmag.com Two new studies have promising results For decades now, the prospect of personalized cancer vaccines has tantalized medical scientists. Studies in lab mice were perpetually encouraging. But there was no proof with humans. Now the most impressive evidence yet suggests that this long-awaited form of immunotherapy may actually work in some patients. “Cancer vaccine” might …

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Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

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By: Gina Kolata From: nytimes.com No one expected the four young women to live much longer. They had an extremely rare, aggressive and fatal form of ovarian cancer. There was no standard treatment. The women, strangers to one another living in different countries, asked their doctors to try new immunotherapy drugs that had revolutionized treatment of cancer. At first, they …

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Need for supportive care in oncology will increase during the next decade

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From: GlobalData The need for effective supportive care in oncology will increase in the next decade as patients continue to live longer and cancer progresses to become more like a chronic disease. This includes the need for chemotherapy-related conditions, as chemotherapy will remain the backbone of cancer therapy for the foreseeable future, observes GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. …

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Immunotherapy trial treatment getting results for cancer patients

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By: Kirstin O’Connor From: clickorlando.com Florida Hospital first site in nation for clinical trial Karen Bierer was given two years to live after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The 70-year-old is one of nearly 21,000 women in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chemotherapy and radiation were nothing new …

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New biomarkers predict outcome of cancer immunotherapy

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Source: University of Zurich From: sciencedaily.com Nowadays, melanoma and lung cancer can be combatted effectively through immunotherapy, which makes targeted use of the immune system’s normal function of regularly examining the body’s tissue for pathogens and damages. Specific inhibitors are used to activate immune cells in a way that makes them identify cancer cells as foreign bodies and eliminate them. …

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Immunotherapy is Here to Stay: Looking Back at this Year’s Breakthroughs

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By: Arthur N. Brodsky, Ph.D. From: cancerresearch.org This past year was a big one for immunotherapy—it was recognized as the ASCO Clinical Advance of the Year for the second year running—and for cancer patients. The constant pace of progress has been hard to follow at times, so to get you up to speed we’re closing out this amazing year with …

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Promise Seen In Personal Vaccines Made Just To Treat Your Cancer

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By: Carey Goldberg From: wbur.org Martha Pfeiffer knew she was at high risk for melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. “I had a gazillion sunburns as a kid,” she says. “My poor mother tried and tried …” In 2012, she felt a new mole on the back of her arm. She didn’t think much of it, she says, and didn’t …

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7 Key Cancer Trends For 2018

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By: Elaine Schattner From: forbes.com I expect progress. Here’s my list of major trends and issues that will affect the lives of cancer patients in 2018: 1. Less chemotherapy A recent report finds that among patients with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer, chemotherapy prescriptions slid, overall, from around 34.5% to 21.3%, in a recent 2-year interval (2013-2015). That’s a …