Some cancer patients receiving CAR-T infusions can now avoid hospital stays because of a telemedicine program launched by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Researchers have discovered that a new “checkpoint” protein on immune system cells is active in tumors, and that blocking it — in combination with other treatments — is a successful therapeutic approach in mouse models of cancer.
Immunotherapies that take off the “brakes” on the adaptive anti-tumor response have worked well in melanoma and lung cancer but less so in breast cancers. That could change.
A recent study in the journal Cancer Research demonstrates that a RIG-I agonist has potent immunogenic and therapeutic effects in breast cancer.
Cardiovascular complications linked to immune checkpoint inhibitors include myocarditis, pericarditis, vasculitis and arrhythmias and occur early in the course of treatment, Vanderbilt researchers report.
A drug currently in clinical trials as an anticancer agent might also be useful as a treatment for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The findings also suggests strategies for using the drug to enhance cancer immunotherapies.
Patients who received atezolizumab in addition to standard chemotherapy lived two months longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have answered questions about the incidence and timing of rare but sometimes fatal reactions to the most widely prescribed class of immunotherapies.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have identified a growing number of serious and sometimes fatal cases of heart problems among cancer patients treated with some forms of immunotherapy.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership recently hosted the 2018 annual retreat and poster contest, “Health Disparities in Cancer Immunology & Immune Therapy.”