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Sharma Stresses Importance of Refining Immunotherapy in GU Cancers

Brandon Scalea
Published: Monday, Sep 10, 2018

Dr Padmanee Sharma

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD
Immunotherapy has demonstrated encouraging data in some genitourinary (GU) cancers, but there is still much work left to make it a “pillar” of cancer treatment in this space, said Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD.

Sharma shared insight on the current state of immunotherapy in the treatment of patients with GU cancers.

OncLive: What is the state of immunotherapy in GU cancers?

Sharma: [Immunotherapy] should be one of the major arms of treatment that you can use. The next step is how to make it better. Immunotherapy has been FDA approved for other tumor types like melanoma, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer. We need it to work in multiple tumor types in terms of GU cancers. Right now, it's not working in prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and some others.
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