by sfaith on Wed Jun 27, 2012 01:42 AM
I've been reading about immunotherapy, and even though there isn't a lot of focus and research on the effects on esophageal cancer, I thought I'd ask to see if any of you have had experience with it. Here's a link with some info: http://www.cityofhope.org/research/beckman-research-institut
I'd appreciate your responses!
by Oncrx on Wed Jun 27, 2012 02:04 PM
immunotherapy certainly sounds exciting and may very well be the future of oncology, but I dont think its there yet. Melanoma is an example where it has been used extensivly, but with rather modest results.
by JerryfromFauq on Thu Jun 28, 2012 05:34 AM
I would tend to ask Dr G. Weiss at UVA about the immunotherapy IL-2 treatments. He is one of the worlds most experienced with administering IL-2. He has been using it for over 20 years and helped get it approved as a standarized treatment for melanoma. He is my Oncologist and is great as a person as well. I know people that have been cancer free vor between 5 and 21 years after taking IL-2 as their only stage IV treatment.
I don't know too much about Ipi for other than melanoma, but it is the newest immunology treatment approved for melanoma (2011) and for melanoma has about the same success rate as IL-2, but not always in the same people. Complete remission long term rate is currently unkown due to its newness.
Both can be strenous on ones system
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