November 2014, Part 4

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Immunotherapy: Early Success in Melanoma Provides Hope for Success in Other Cancers

Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD

Letter to Our Readers

Dear Colleague,

Immunotherapy is a term we have heard for years, if not decades, but the fruits of researchers’ labor have just recently begun to be realized, most notably in the field of melanoma. As a result, so many of us associate immunotherapy with melanoma. True, we have seen great advances in, and many headlines about, the use of immunotherapy in improving the survival of our patients with this notoriously dismal disease. However, our successes in employing immunotherapeutic strategies are not limited to melanoma. Immunotherapies are being studied in many disease states, and researchers believe there is great potential in enhancing the body’s ability to identify and destroy malignant cells. The science behind the therapy is fascinating and makes this era a truly exciting time to be on the front lines of patient care.

In this issue of Immunotherapy in Oncology (ITO), we interview one of the great minds in immunotherapy, Dr James Allison of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Allison is the chair of the Department of Immunology and the Moon Shots Program. He provides an insightful look at the basic biology of immune system T cells and the rationale behind empowering the immune system to fight a variety of cancers.

We also provide the most recently presented research from the World Cutaneous Malignancies Congress and the European Society for Medical Oncology. As you will read, researchers are pressing forward to find immunotherapeutic options in many cancers.

It is our hope that ITO is of benefit to you and enhances your ability to provide the best care for your patients.


Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD
ITO Editor in Chief

Interview with the Innovators - November 26, 2014

Immunotherapy and the Moon Shots Program:

An Interview with Dr James Allison of MD Anderson Cancer Center

Harnessing the power of the immune system to combat cancer is not a new idea; however, the new generation of immunotherapeutic agents have captured the imagination of those in the oncology community and sparked a renewed interest in the potential capabilities of an empowered immune system. As a result, immunotherapy [ Read More ]

Uncategorized - November 26, 2014

Immunotherapeutic Strategies for Improving Patient Outcomes: Presentations From the European Society for Medical Oncology

Immunotherapy is the hot topic on everyone’s mind in the oncology community, and there are numerous research studies focusing on how to optimally provide immunotherapeutic strategies to ultimately improve patient outcomes. At the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress, many exciting presentations outlined the work being done to [ Read More ]