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The first and only expert guideline of its kind, the SITC consensus statement on immunotherapy for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma includes clinical best practices published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC).
Giuseppe Curigliano, MD, PhD, discusses recent trials of immunotherapy and chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer, as well as the future role of immunotherapy in the treatment of breast cancer.
Treatment with pembrolizumab could elicit long-term survival rates of 21% to 25% for previously-treated patients with PD-L1–positive non–small cell lung cancer compared with 3% to 4% for docetaxel.
New guidelines involving the immunotherapies nivolumab (Opdivo) and interleukin-2 inhibitors have been issued by The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer to help practicing clinicians manage patients with renal cell carcinoma.
Lung cancer alone accounts for 26.5% of all cancer-related mortalities in the United States, which is more than any other malignancy. Despite increased awareness that smoking is an important risk factor for lung cancer, which has reduced the number of smokers in the U.S., nearly a quarter of a million new diagnoses are expected in 2016.
?Sonja Althammer, PhD, Team Leader Bioinformatics at Definiens, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, discusses a study looking to define a subgroup of patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who respond well to treatment with the PD-L1 inhibitor durvalumab.  
Susan Lutgendorf, PhD, professor and Starch Faculty Fellow, Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, discusses the impact of lack of support on patients with ovarian cancer. Lutgendorf spoke on this during an interview at the SITC 31st Annual Meeting and Associated Programs.
Lisa Butterfield, PhD, professor of Medicine, Surgery and Immunology, director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Immunologic Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, discusses the goals of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Immune Biomarkers Task Force during an interview at the SITC 31st Annual Meeting and Associated Programs.
The combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab led to a high response rate and improved overall survival versus historical controls for patients with pretreated metastatic urothelial carcinoma.
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