Category Archives: Treatments

CAR T-Cell Therapy: Engineering Your Immune Cells to Fight Cancer

CAR T-Cell Therapy: Engineering Your Immune Cells to Fight Cancer

One of the most important questions that immuno-oncologists will tackle in the coming years is figuring out where chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy will fit into the larger picture. Academic centers across the country have been using this technology to successfully treat patients, but adapting this complicated system to a community setting introduces a… Read More…

A Look at the Role Monoclonal Antibodies Play in Immuno-Oncology

A Look at the Role Monoclonal Antibodies Play in Immuno-Oncology

Immuno-oncological research is exploring several different approaches to immunotherapy, including vaccines, checkpoint inhibitors, and monoclonal antibodies. At present, several different types of monoclonal antibody drugs exist, but researchers are still exploring how to employ them most effectively in a treatment plan. The term monoclonal antibody refers to a molecule produced in a laboratory that has… Read More…

A Brief Look at the History of Immuno-Oncology

A Brief Look at the History of Immuno-Oncology

In recent years, advances in immuno-oncology have generated a lot of excitement about the future of cancer care. From radical new therapies to combinations with existing approaches, the field is generating a remarkable amount of hope. While the future looks bright, it is important to understand and revisit the history of immuno-oncology, which dates back… Read More…

UCLA Researchers Find Potential Mechanism for Immunotherapy Resistance

UCLA Researchers Find Potential Mechanism for Immunotherapy Resistance

One of the biggest questions in the field of immuno-oncology is the issue of why the treatments work so effectively for some people, yet other patients experience virtually no benefit or experience tumor recurrence after the initial response. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) may have made the first step in answering… Read More…

The Parker Foundation Launches Cancer Immunotherapy Institute

Led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker, The Parker Foundation recently announced the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Following the recent loss of his close friend to cancer, Parker wants to figure out how to battle cancer and has particularly focused on the field of immuno-oncology. The friend whom Parker… Read More…

Can New Immunotherapy Research Halt Brain Cancer?

Can New Immunotherapy Research Halt Brain Cancer?

Recently, the National Brain Tumor Society and Oligo Nation announced a $250,000 grant that will fuel a preliminary look at immunotherapy’s applications in the treatment of oligodendroglioma, a rare brain cancer that accounts for about 6 percent of all gliomas. In the United States, there are nearly 2,000 new oligodendroglioma diagnoses each year. Since the… Read More…

Spotlight: What Are the Side Effects of Cancer Immunotherapies?

Spotlight: What Are the Side Effects of Cancer Immunotherapies?

Immuno-oncology uses the body’s own natural defenses to combat cancer. Researchers are currently looking into several different mechanisms for training the immune system to attack cancer and bolstering its ability to kill cancerous cells. This approach to cancer treatment is a major break from the traditional treatment modalities, such as chemotherapy and radiation, which kill… Read More…

2 of the New Studies That Suggest the Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy

2 of the New Studies That Suggest the Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy

As new immuno-oncology therapies emerge, they are proving effective against an increasingly wide range of cancers. Importantly, immunotherapies have proven effective in treating previously intractable tumors and rare cancers. The results of continued research increasingly place immuno-oncology at the heart of new anti-cancer tactics. As researchers redouble their efforts to understand what makes the immune… Read More…

3 Approaches to Immuno-Oncology: What You Need to Know

3 Approaches to Immuno-Oncology: What You Need to Know

Traditional approaches to cancer treatment involve surgery, which is the manual removal of abnormal cells during early stages; chemotherapy, which aims to poison the abnormal cells; and irradiation, which “burns” the cells. Unfortunately, these methods are not very targeted, meaning that they also do damage to healthy cells. Older patients or those with complicating diagnoses… Read More…