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A look back at some of the most important science and treatment news Cancer Health covered this year.
Patients with high-risk Stage II melanoma received Keytruda (pembrolizumab) after surgery to remove their original tumor.
Immunotherapy plus chemotherapy improved overall survival in people with persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer.
The antibody-drug conjugate Tivdak led to remission in 24% of cervical cancer patients.
Keytruda plus chemotherapy reduced the risk of death by 27% in people with locally advanced or metastatic disease.
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab).
Keytruda after kidney cancer surgery prolonged disease-free survival rates in patients at high risk for recurrence.
An advisory panel reviewed follow-up data on checkpoint inhibitors, voting to maintain four approvals and rescind two.
Targeted therapy and immunotherapy combination doubles response rate for people with advanced renal cell carcinoma.
This is the first immunotherapy approved for previously untreated triple-negative breast cancer that is likely to relapse.
A combination of two immunotherapy drugs may be more effective than the current standard treatment, chemotherapy.
In patients at high risk of relapse, adjuvant therapy with Keytruda prolonged disease-free survival.
75% of people treated with a combination of immunotherapy, targeted therapy and chemotherapy saw their tumors shrink.
However, a majority of these chronic immune-related side effects were mild.
Altering gut bacteria may help overcome resistance to checkpoint inhibitors in people with melanoma and other cancers.
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