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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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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 …

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Immunotherapy closing in on a cure for cancer

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From: khou.com It’s no secret, Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths as a tobacco-rich state with a high rate of radon and pollution. In the Bluegrass, more than 4,800 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year and until recently, more than half would die within a year of being diagnosed with later stages of lung cancer. Right now, doctors …

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A radical new cancer treatment is to be tested using cells from cancer survivors

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By: Colin Fernandez From: dailymail.co.uk A radical new cancer treatment inspired by patients who seem to ‘shrug off’ the disease could be tested next year. The technique uses potent cancer-killing cells from people with the strongest immune systems. These ‘neutrophil’ cells – which form part of the body’s first line of defence – are then multiplied millions of times and …

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CAR T-Cell Therapy Is Making Untreatable Cancer Treatable

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By: Neel V. Patel From: dailybeast.com Immunotherapy is one of the buzziest words in medicine. Touted as the future for aggressively fighting—maybe even eliminating—diseases, the idea is to jumpstart the patient’s own immune system into better identifying and attacking diseases that normally escape attack and stealthily conquer the body. Alongside immunotherapy is the emergent ability of scientists to genetically modify …

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Breast Cancer Vaccine Trial May Blaze Trail to Stopping Cancer

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From: healthline.com A trial is underway for a breast cancer vaccine. Scientists are hoping this latest immunotherapy will help keep patients from developing cancer again. Researchers are hoping that they’ll soon break ground in a new medical frontier. Vaccines that can stop cancer. Currently, the only vaccine designed to prevent cancer is the HPV vaccine. However, that shot protects against …