OncoSec’s “What We’re Reading”: Volume 1

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When researching and actively working towards the treatment of an emerging condition, it is important to pay close attention to the history of the disease and how it might help move forward the field of study and public awareness. Being a lesser-known form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) has not been paid as close attention as its mortality rate should merit. At OncoSec, we believe that it is of high importance to advance the field of study surrounding MCC and to create a more effective treatment regimen.

OncoSec is continuing to execute on its corporate milestones, which were laid out for our investors at the beginning of 2012. The fourth quarter of 2012 will mark an important achievement for OncoSec – the  announcement of preliminary data from our Phase II ImmunoPulse clinical trials, the first of which will be presented at this years annual meeting for the Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) later this week. Here, we will be presenting data from 5 patients treated in our Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) program. Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive cancer that starts in the skin and Merkel cells. If you’d like to know more about this cancer, you can read our previous blog post titled, “What is Merkel Cell Carcinoma“.

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As the largest organ of the body, the skin protects us from a myriad of conditions, parasites, and other foreign agents. Be that as it may, it is also highly susceptible to different diseases, viruses, and cancers. Different skin types can be more resistant or more susceptible to different conditions. One type of cancer that aggressively attacks the skin is melanoma: the later stage of which is known as metastatic melanoma.

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Skin cancer has long been something closely associated with sun exposure. Despite how often some cancers are caused by a history of extended periods of contact with sunlight, there are some skin cancers that have not been related to this at all. Some of these may be fatal while others are thought of as completely non-fatal conditions. One such cancer is cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. While treatable, there is no cure for this condition and many patients will live with this cancer for the rest of their lives.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma


Cancer can be a very difficult subject for people. Whether it is a fear of the results or the technical nature of the medical field, cancer can elicit a very strong response from patients, professionals, and the public alike. For those at risk for cancer – as well as the general public – it is important to know how certain cancers work, where they come from, and how they can be treated. One lesser talked about cancer that has been experiencing a rapid increase in diagnoses is Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC).

When it comes to beauty as it relates to complexion, one may say there are two dominant schools of thought: Eastern and Western. Cultural implications of beauty are pronounced in every single culture. Time has seen significant shifts in the image of beauty and thusly, so has cultural behavior.

Therapeutic Foods for Your Skin

Fine line wrinkle reducer, hydrating serum, acne treatment, skin brightening cream, powder foundation, liquid foundation- the array of available skincare products is dizzying and endless. In 2008, more than  $32 billion was spent on cosmetics. Currently, it is estimated that beauty-oriented consumers spend an excess of $159 billion. While these statistics make it very clear that the insatiable demand for beauty products will in no way slow down anytime soon, there is another school of beauty that argues you can actually eat your way to a healthy, radiant, glowing complexion. With nature as the guide, and science as the backbone let’s explore why these superfoods have proven their worth to pack a bigger punch, ounce for ounce, particularly in the long run.

With upsurge of mobile devices, there is no shortage of nifty app or device that can prove its function as much as its form.  We wrapped up a previous blog post on reading UV Index by suggesting several free mobile apps used to track daily levels of ultraviolet radiation. It got us here at OncoSec thinking, what else is out there?

How do you reach a generation of teens more influenced by Twitter than textbooks, teens who are more tuned into YouTube than public safety announcements, more hooked in by Jersey Shore than the safety messages put out by the dermatologist? It’s become increasingly challenging to convince ever-distracted youth of the dangers of tanning. A multitude of skin cancer awareness and prevention material is distributed daily through digital and print, but how do we most effectively get through to young adults?

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