(PHILADELPHIA) – Immunotherapy has given patients and oncologists new options, which for some patients, has meant cures for diseases that had been untreatable. Colorectal cancer has a high mortality rate in advanced stages of the disease with few effective therapies. Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health show that a type of immunotherapy called CAR-T cell therapy, successfully kills tumors and prevents metastases in mouse models of the disease. The work published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, is the last step of preclinical testing prior to human clinical trials.
“The antigen we target for colorectal cancer is one that is shared across several high mortality cancers including esophageal and pancreatic cancer,” said Adam Snook, PhD, Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Taken together, 25 percent of people who die from cancer could potentially be treated with this therapy.”
“Colorectal cancer rates are exceptionally high in our region, and advanced stage disease is difficult to treat. The concept of moving CAR-T cell therapy to colorectal cancer is a major breakthrough, and could address a major unmet clinical need. We are optimistic about the
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