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Immunotherapy is the concept of using the immune system to treat disease, for example, developing a vaccine against cancer. Immunotherapy may also refer to the therapy of diseases caused by the immune system, allergies for example.
Astellas, Potenza collaborate to develop immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients with certain cancers

Astellas, Potenza collaborate to develop immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients with certain cancers

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Potenza Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of immuno-oncology programs, today announced an exclusive research and development collaboration. [More]
Novel approach allows real-time imaging of ongoing immune response

Novel approach allows real-time imaging of ongoing immune response

A novel approach that allows real-time imaging of the immune system's response to the presence of tumors—without the need for blood draws or invasive biopsies—offers a potential breakthrough both in diagnostics and in the ability to monitor efficacy of cancer therapies. [More]
Experimental immune therapy generally safe, well-tolerated in women with triple-negative breast cancer

Experimental immune therapy generally safe, well-tolerated in women with triple-negative breast cancer

Early data in a preliminary human study show that an experimental immune system drug is generally safe and well tolerated in women with metastatic, triple-negative breast cancer, a persistently difficult form of the disease to treat. [More]
UNM Cancer Center enrolls first patient in phase 3 international clinical trial for kidney cancer vaccine

UNM Cancer Center enrolls first patient in phase 3 international clinical trial for kidney cancer vaccine

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center recently enrolled its first patient in a phase 3 international clinical trial to test a personalized vaccine against metastatic kidney cancer. Kidney cancer has proven particularly difficult to treat with chemotherapy, and numerous attempts to create a kidney cancer vaccine have not improved survival rates. [More]
New drug combination shows promise in patients with metastatic melanoma

New drug combination shows promise in patients with metastatic melanoma

Once again, researchers at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center have extended the reach of the immune system in the fight against metastatic melanoma, this time by combining the checkpoint inhibitor tremelimumab with an anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody drug. [More]
Pembrolizumab drug halts tumor growth in 76% of patients with pleural mesothelioma

Pembrolizumab drug halts tumor growth in 76% of patients with pleural mesothelioma

The PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, a cancer immunotherapy drug, shrank or halted growth of tumors in 76 percent of patients with pleural mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that arises in the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, according to a new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Penn professor to be recognized with AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology

Penn professor to be recognized with AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology

The American Association for Cancer Research and the Cancer Research Institute will recognize Carl H. June, MD, the Richard W. Vague professor in immunotherapy at the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with the third annual AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
Researchers explore benefits and risks of biosimilar antibodies

Researchers explore benefits and risks of biosimilar antibodies

In the emerging biosimilar market, biosimilar antibodies are being developed to treat conditions currently addressed by their original, targeted biological therapy. Only a few biosimilars are approved by the EMA, and just one has been approved by the FDA. In a review article, researchers used the clinical development data from one drug to explore the broader benefits and risks of these cost-effective, but as yet unfamiliar treatment options. [More]
James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

The 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Cancer Research will be presented to James P. Allison, PhD, at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
CiRA, Takeda collaborate to develop clinical applications of iPS cells

CiRA, Takeda collaborate to develop clinical applications of iPS cells

Center for iPS Cell Research Application of Kyoto University and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced today that they will work together to develop clinical applications of induced pluripotent stem cells in areas such as heart failure, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders and cancer immunotherapy. [More]
Obesity in African-American men increases prostate cancer risk

Obesity in African-American men increases prostate cancer risk

Obesity has a profoundly different effect on prostate cancer risk in African-American as compared to non-Hispanic white men. Obesity in black men substantially increases the risk of low- and high-grade prostate cancer, while obesity in white men moderately reduces the risk of low-grade cancer and only slightly increases the risk of high-grade cancer, according to the first large, prospective study to examine how race and obesity jointly affect prostate cancer risk. [More]
Yale University launches clinical study to evaluate personalized medicine for metastatic melanoma

Yale University launches clinical study to evaluate personalized medicine for metastatic melanoma

Yale University has launched a multicenter clinical trial, sponsored by Stand Up to Cancer and Melanoma Research Alliance, that will apply the latest in personalized medicine technology to treat metastatic melanoma. The trial, for which Yale is a lead site, will enroll patients lacking a particular genetic mutation for whom immune therapy did not work or was not an option. [More]
Experts to make roadmap for future research, clinical trials for SCLC patients at IASLC workshop

Experts to make roadmap for future research, clinical trials for SCLC patients at IASLC workshop

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) will be the concentrated focus when 100 global experts in the field meet for a workshop hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer on April 22-24, 2015 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. [More]
MSK begins CAR T cell clinical trial for children with relapsed or treatment-resistant ALL

MSK begins CAR T cell clinical trial for children with relapsed or treatment-resistant ALL

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are pioneering a new groundbreaking clinical trial for children and young adults with relapsed or treatment-resistant acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) by using one of the most promising methods of cancer treatment today, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells. [More]
Portions of female reproductive tract likely to be infected by HIV, shows study

Portions of female reproductive tract likely to be infected by HIV, shows study

A Dartmouth study led by Charles Wira, PhD, with first author Marta Rodriguez-Garcia, MD, PhD, found that some portions of the female reproductive tract (FRT) are more likely to be infected by HIV, particularly the ectocervix compared to the endometrium. [More]
Administration of selenide protects heart tissue post cardiac arrest, shows study

Administration of selenide protects heart tissue post cardiac arrest, shows study

Damage to heart muscle from insufficient blood supply during cardiac arrest and reperfusion injury after blood flow is restored can be reduced by nearly 90 percent if selenide, a form of the essential nutrient selenium, is administered intravenously in the wake of the attack, according to a new preclinical study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. [More]
Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

DNA mutations can cause cancer but in some cases, more mutations may mean a better prognosis for patients. A Yale-led comprehensive genomic analysis of more than 700 brain tumors has revealed one such subtype of the most malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma, or GBM. This subtype possesses thousands of tumor-specific DNA errors or mutations instead of dozens observed in most glioblastoma cases. It is also associated with longer survival. [More]
CXCR3 molecule is key mediator of melanoma metastasis, shows research

CXCR3 molecule is key mediator of melanoma metastasis, shows research

In a unique partnership demonstrating excellence in "team science," Dartmouth investigators from Norris Cotton Cancer Center identified a role for the molecule CXCR3 (widely known to regulate the migration of immune cells) as a key mediator of melanoma metastasis. [More]
MabVax closes $11.6 million in private placement

MabVax closes $11.6 million in private placement

MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., a clinical-stage cancer immunotherapy company, is pleased to announce that it has closed on gross proceeds of approximately $11.6 million in a private placement (the "Private Placement") led by OPKO Health, Inc. and Dr. Phillip Frost, CEO and Chairman of OPKO Health. [More]
Personalized cancer vaccines can be used to marshal powerful immune response

Personalized cancer vaccines can be used to marshal powerful immune response

Personalized melanoma vaccines can be used to marshal a powerful immune response against unique mutations in patients' tumors, according to early data in a first-in-people clinical trial at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
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