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Immunotherapy: Cancer’s newest treatment

After Karen Koehler’s cancer took a turn for the worse in 2013 she was given 10 months to live and with gruelling rounds of chemotherapy she could hope to stretch it to 2 years. Luckily, Koehler was enrolled in an immunotherapy trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The trial succeeded in ...

Skin cancer: Drug gives "40% melanoma survival" - BBC News

A trial, in which 655 patients with melanoma were given the drug pembrolizumab, has found that four in ten patients given the drug were still alive three years later. The study also highlighted that 15% of those studied showed no signs of cancer after three years.

The immune system has many "brakes" in place to ...

Combination of drugs may destroy skin cancer - Sky News

A study has suggested that a combination of two existing immunotherapy drugs may both prolong patients lives and destroy all traces of melanoma in one in five patients'. The results have been described as very promising.

The combination of drugs given was ipilimumab and nivolumab. The study showed 69% of patients given the combination still alive ...

Blood Test May Give Early Warning Of Skin Cancer Relapse - Cancer Research UK

A study published in the journal Cancer Discovery has found that a blood test may be able to detect early on whether patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer are relapsing. The work comes from scientists at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, where the DNA shed by tumours into the bloodstream, called circulating tumour DNA, was ...