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June 3, 2014

Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

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CHICAGO —

Immune therapy struggled for years with just occasional small gains, but “now we have cruise missiles” giving better kill rates against many tumor types, said Dr. Steven O’Day of the University of Southern California.

Others tempered their enthusiasm, noting that some promising approaches produced more limited gains once they were more fully researched.

“Let’s not forget the history” of what seems like progress with a new approach, said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “It doesn’t always work out the way it appears to be heading.”

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Online:

http://www.cancer.net

National Cancer Institute: http://tinyurl.com/o5p6ahb

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