Immunotherapy: Activating the immune system to fight cancer

 

News from the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), one of the most important international cancer meetings

 

Translated excerpts from this article in french http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2015/06/03/2117375-l-immunotherapie-un-espoir-contre-tous-les-cancers.html

(Main headline at the front page of a regional newspaper)

 

Immunotherapy, a hope for all cancers?

 

Metastatic lung cancer, but also metastatic cancer of the bladder, liver, esophagus, stomach, kidney…The immunotherapy treatments show efficacy in an increasing number of cancers. The 2015 edition of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that was held from 29th May to 2nd June has made this therapeutic approach a central theme. Thus, three quarters of the presented studies were referring to these treatments. Without disfavoring the other strategies – targeted therapies and chemotherapies – it represents a revolution in the treatment of metastatic tumors.

 

“These molecules wake up the antibodies that are asleep in the environment of cancer cells. It is as if the prince charming – the medicine– was awakening the sleeping beauty – the immune cells – that have been made to fall asleep by the wicked witch – cancer”.