Immunotherapy is changing the way we perceive and treat cancer. Advances in science and technology have brought about a new wave of promising cancer immunotherapies, which harness the power of the immune system to fight disease. We are witnessing the emergence of a new vision within the cancer treatment landscape – one that is having an immediate and powerful impact on cancer patients everywhere.
While melanoma rates have been rising over the last 30 years, advancements in treatment and early detection are providing new hope for patients everywhere. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore melanoma prevention, early detection, and new treatments that are changing the way we treat this deadly disease.
During this year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced Cancer Moonshot 2020: a new initiative aimed at eliminating cancer as we know it. Cancer Moonshot 2020 plans to break down barriers and enable progress by enhancing data access, facilitating collaborations, and investing in the development of new technologies and treatments. We applaud this initiative not only for its emphasis on eliminating the burden of cancer, but also for its practical approaches and acknowledgement of the complexities of this mission.
In our ongoing attempt to get our community better acquainted with what we do at OncoSec, we’ve been creating more dialogue around our ImmunoPulse program and recent clinical trial data. With the expanding biotech landscape, we find it important to educate the public about topics of interest that are directly impacting the way medicine is being researched and treatment options created. The field of immunotherapy is one of these fields on the cutting edge of medical advancements. Here we’ve compiled a list of four frequently asked questions about immunotherapy:
Recently, we filmed a clinical progress video discussing details of our ImmunoPulse therapy and results with Tu Diep: OncoSec’s executive director of clinical development. With over a decade of experience in clinical research, prior to joining OncoSec – including Protox Therapeutics Inc. (now Sophiris Bio Inc.) – Mr. Diep’s experience has been a large asset to our company.
Many cancer research and treatment companies create and utilize various methods of treatment. These may be a combination of existing techniques or a new technology developed by the company itself. At OncoSec, one of our treatment methods is ImmunoPulse: a system we’re testing for the treatment of late-stage skin cancer, including merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and metastatic melanoma. With pending announcements surrounding interim data from our phase II trial for metastatic melanoma coming up soon, we would like to review a bit of the description of our ImmunoPulse treatment option currently being tested.
In OncoSec’s active pursuit of knowledge in the cancer and biotech realms, we come across a vast number of articles that we believe exhibit strong signs of importance, within our industry. While we regularly share some of these with our online community, we would like to start highlighting certain news articles, study data, and other materials. Here are three articles we are currently reading:
The treatment of many cancer types can vary quite widely. Different cancers and stages denote slightly different methods of treatment. While the early stages of some cancers – especially skin cancer – can sometimes require only minor surgery, others can require highly damaging doses of radiation and chemotherapy. With immunotherapy, companies like OncoSec are hoping to increase the number of available cancer treatments that are less damaging to the body. One specific cancer that we’re targeting is Merkel cell carcinoma.
As one of the cancer types that we at OncoSec concentrate on, we are constantly involved in not only developing an alternative treatment for melanoma but also evaluating the public and professional knowledge base surrounding the development, prevention and awareness of the disease. As a company directly involved in the research side, we are constantly inundated with statistics and methods. However, much of the general public is still unaware of the potentially deadly consequences of melanoma. Perhaps it is due to the relatively small size of moles, an increase in survival rates or the predominance of tanning but something in our culture needs a serious shift, if we are going to collectively work towards better preventative measures.
From time to time, different diseases and viruses see an increase in cases. It is important to know which ailments may be on the rise, in order to aid in prevention and awareness. While some countries may experience outbreaks that are dissimilar to other areas around the world, some are prevalent internationally. We’ve compiled a list of 4 that have had a recent global impact but especially in America: