ASCO Names Immunotherapy The “Clinical Cancer Advance Of The Year”

Medscape (2/4, Chustecka) reports that “immunotherapy has been chosen as the ‘clinical cancer advance of the year’ by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in its Clinical Cancer Advances 2016 report.” In the introduction to the report, ASCO president Julie Vose, MD, writes, “No recent advance has been more transformative than the rise of immunotherapy, particularly over this past year.”

MedPage Today (2/4, Bankhead) reports, “Published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology to coincide with World Cancer Day, the report calls on Congress to continue its ‘sustained robust federal funding for cancer research,’ characterized as pivotal to future progress in cancer.”

Healio (2/4, Kelsall) reports that “during a press conference held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on World Cancer Day,” Dr. Vose said, “In the era of precision medicine and molecular medicine, we can select treatment based on the genomic profiling of each patient and each tumor. Cancer immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, which is something that those of us in cancer research have been dreaming about for years, and which has finally come to fruition.”

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