Exciting results shown in experimental treatments for advanced skin cancer

June 3, 2014 6:01 AM

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Two experimental drugs that “reveal” hiding cancer cells to the body’s immune system show striking promise in the treatment of advanced, metastatic melanoma.

If it detects them, the immune system destroys cancer cells, but cancer cells typically go undetected because they “hide” from the immune system’s surveillance system. In one trial of 411 patients on pembrolizumab (previously known as MK-3475) with advanced melanoma, an aggressive and stubborn form ...

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