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Gamma Knife™, Immunotherapy Combo Shows Promise in Managing Certain Brain Tumors

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With metastatic melanoma cases on the rise, doctors continue to search for effective treatment solutions for controlling brain tumors. Industry-leading San Diego Gamma Knife Center® says therapies combining stereotactic radiosurgery and certain immunotherapies could be the key the medical community has been searching for. Over the past 10 years, diagnoses of new cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, have …

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This Woman’s Terminal Breast Cancer Disappeared After Immunotherapy. Here’s Why That’s Such a Big Deal

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By: AMANDA MACMILLAN From: health.com When Judy Perkins enrolled in an experimental trial, she only had months to live. Two years later, she’s cancer-free. Metastatic breast cancer, a term for advanced breast cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body, is a devastating diagnosis: Its average life expectancy is just three years, and its five-year survival rate is just 22%. …

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Could baking soda improve cancer treatment?

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By: Tim Newman From: medicalnewstoday.com Consuming baking soda may help immunotherapy drugs to fight difficult-to-treat tumors. This cheap and simple intervention may eventually improve current cancer treatmentsi Within tumors, large portions are deprived of oxygen. Scientists know that these hypoxic regions tend to be the most resistant to treatment. If a cell is unable to access adequate oxygen, it slows …

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PET scan tracer predicts success of cancer ‘vaccine’

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By: HANAE ARMITAGE From: stanford.edu With a radioactive tracer, scientists can use a PET scan to quickly tell whether a cancer immunotherapy will be effective or not, according to a new Stanford study. By engineering a special molecule to track certain immune cells in the body, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have invented a litmus test for the effectiveness of a …

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FREE Immunotherapy Patient Summit – San Francisco

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By: Cancer Research Institute A FREE educational event will be held on June 30, 2018 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Patients, caregivers, friends, family, and advocates are encouraged to attend this half-day Saturday event. People of all ages and cancer types are invited to attend. Learn about the basics of cancer immunotherapy, a highly promising new approach to cancer treatment. Medical experts along …

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Keytruda Performs Well in Latest Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

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From: healthline.com The immunotherapy drug has been successful in treating other cancers and the latest trials provide hope for people battling lung cancer. When Edith Pelka was diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer last summer, the retired New York nurse, yoga instructor, and self-described “straight shooter” thought her life was over. “After the surgeon told me that my tumor …

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Immunotherapy transforms lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer

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By: Maggie Fox From: nbcnews.com Immune therapy drugs can transform lung cancer treatment, giving patients years of extra life, doctors reported Monday. They found that pre-treating lung cancer patients with immune therapy drugs before they have surgery can help melt away the tumor and at the same time limit or even stop its spread. And combinations of immunotherapy drugs have helped …

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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 …