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Current status of immunotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer.

07:00 EST 21st November 2018 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Current status of immunotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer."

Immunotherapy focuses on selectively enhancing the host's immune response against malignant disease. It has been investigated as an important treatment modality against malignant disease for many years, but until recently its use was mostly limited to a few cancers. The advent of new immunemodulating agents in the recent past has changed the landscape for management of many solid tumors. Currently, immunotherapy offers a valuable, and in many cases, a more effective alternate to the conventional cytotoxic therapy. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death. Despite progress in systemic therapy, most patients with metastatic colorectal cancer die of their disease. There is an unmet need for more effective treatments for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The current data support that colorectal tumors are immunoresponsive and a subset of patients with advanced disease achieve long term benefit with immunotherapy.

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Name: International journal of colorectal disease
ISSN: 1432-1262
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