While the $1 billion announced to fund this initiative is a large figure on its own, the effort will need to hyper-focus its resources and influence to make a meaningful impact. In this issue, we explore some practical ways that Cancer Moonshot 2020 can make good on its promise to improve outcomes for patients everywhere.
As the cancer treatment landscape shifts from traditional to immune-targeted therapies, it’s important to understand the benefits and limitations of each approach. By examining the faces of immunotherapy, we can best understand how immunotherapy is changing the world.
At the forefront of this revolution is the idea of combining therapies to combat the many ways cancers can adapt and survive. As our understanding of cancer and the immune system grows, we are witnessing the emergence of a new vision – where practical combinations can benefit many more patients now faced with life-threatening disease.
With our ongoing series on immunotherapy and comparisons between various cancer treatment techniques, it is important to see what it is that different therapies do to the human body. In the field of cancer research, there are many types of treatment that are currently used. Today, we examine what radiation therapy and several variations of targeted therapy and immunotherapy do, in order to discuss the effects of cancer treatment on the body:
The point at which cancer is discovered in the body can make a large impact on successful treatment. However, different types of cancer can be discovered much more easily than others. While many types of cancers form inside the body and are much harder to detect – with the naked eye – there are some that start on the skin or exterior of the body and are easy to see. Having regular check-ups – and being screened for cancer, at the first sign of a problem – will make all the difference.