Cancer Vaccines: Activating the Immune System

Cancer Vaccines: Activating the Immune System
Vaccines are designed to boost our immune system’s natural ability to protect against disease. This rationale extends to cancer therapy, where researchers are developing new treatments that direct the immune system to fight cancer.

As combination therapies become the new standard in cancer care, experts believe cancer vaccines will be a critical component of the new treatment landscape. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore the world of cancer vaccines and highlight anew approach to fight cancer with the natural power of our immune system.

How Does Cancer Escape the Immune System?
Researchers have long questioned how tumors can grow in a healthy immune system. This question is even more important today, as immune-targeted therapies are fundamentally changing what it means to treat cancer. 

New evidence suggests that tumor development is heavily influenced by our immune system. This theory, termed “cancer immuno-editing,” can be broken down into three phases: elimination, equilibrium, and escape. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore the three phases of cancer immuno-editing to understand the battle between cancer and the immune system.

Immune System Decoding
It’s no secret that immunotherapy is changing how we treat cancer. However, this field of cancer care and the immune system are both very complicated, and scientists continue to learn more every day.

In this edition of Guided by Science, we define a few key terms that are frequently lost in translation to help you better understand how the immune system works and the promise of immuno-oncology.

End Cancer with Cancer Moonshot 2020
Cancer Moonshot 2020 is a new initiative aimed to end cancer as we know it. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, Cancer Moonshot 2020 aims to break down barriers and enable progress by enhancing data access, facilitating collaborations, and investing in the development of new technologies and treatments. 

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.

Taking the Fight Directly to The Tumor
Immunotherapies harness the natural power of the immune system to fight the tumor and is fundamentally changing how we treat cancer.

In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore the field of intratumoral immunotherapy, a new approach that is taking the fight directly to the tumor.

Immunotherapy: A New Era in Cancer Care
Immunotherapies harness the natural power of our immune system to target and fight disease. Advancements in science and technology have brought about a new wave of promising cancer immunotherapies. This burgeoning field of immuno-oncology (IO) is revolutionizing how we perceive and treat cancer.


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