AI Tool Scans Tumour Shape to Detect Aggressive Ovarian Cancer

January 15, 2019 12:30 am

Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) test that analyses the shape of tumour cells to identify patients with aggressive ovarian cancer.

The test is intended to enable tailored treatment based on … Read more

Merck, Pfizer’s Bavencio Misses Ovarian Cancer Trial Endpoints

November 26, 2018 7:45 pm

By Selina McKee

A late-stage study testing Merck KGaA and Pfizer’s PD-L1 antibody Bavencio has failed to meet its primary endpoints in patients with certain forms of ovarian cancer.

The drug was being tested as monotherapy and in combination with … Read more

New Dual-Action Cancer-Killing Virus

November 18, 2018 8:00 pm

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

It is the first time that cancer-associated fibroblasts … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Thwarts Immune Cells by Revving up Stress

October 12, 2018 11:30 pm

Ovarian tumors disable the immune system’s killer T cells—which protect the body by destroying infected or malignant cells—enabling the disease to flourish unchecked, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists. The findings show that adverse conditions within … Read more

Early Clinical Trials Showing Promise for New Kind of Cancer Vaccine

September 30, 2018 3:14 pm

By Rich Haridy

Promising early results are in from a phase 1 clinical trial into the safety and efficacy of a new cancer vaccine. The new treatment is designed to stimulate the immune system into attacking certain cancers known to … Read more

New Developments in Ovarian Cancer Treatment Are Showing Promise

September 14, 2018 4:29 pm

Cancer is never an easy foe, but some types are more stubborn than others. Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest to treat.

But there are signs of progress. Several recent studies have used new combination treatment strategies, including a … Read more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Researchers Build a New Model of Genetically Engineered Immune Cells That May Combat Solid Tumors in the Future

August 15, 2018 10:37 pm

Bottom Line: Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announced that they have built a new model of genetically engineered immune cells in mice that may allow them to fight solid tumors. The new cells combine two of the … Read more

Triggering an Immune Response in Ovarian Cancer

July 17, 2018 2:04 am
by Mark L. Fuerst

A novel personalized vaccine made from an ovarian cancer patient’s tumor tissue and immune cells was found in early research to stimulate potent therapeutic immune responses, extending overall survival for patients with recurrent disease.

The vaccine,

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Can a personalized cancer vaccine effectively treat ovarian cancer?

July 6, 2018 9:12 pm
In recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers tested a personalized cancer vaccine for treating ovarian cancer.

For most advanced ovarian cancers, the current treatment is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Initially, patient response to this treatment

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ASCO 2018: Dendritic Cell Vaccine

June 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Dendritic cell vaccine improved progression-free survival when administered sequentially after chemotherapy. The vaccine provides a promising maintenance treatment option to delay progression of epithelial ovarian carcinoma.

This outcome of an interim analysis of a phase II, open-label, randomized, multicenter trial … Read more

Pembrolizumab Monotherapy Shows Activity in Advanced Recurrent OC

June 7, 2018 9:52 pm

Pembrolizumab monotherapy is associated with antitumor activity in patients with advanced recurrent ovarian cancer, interim results from the phase 2 KEYNOTE-100 study suggest.

Notably, objective response rates among study subjects increased in tandem with increased programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression, … Read more

Multi-epitope T-cell Vaccine Shows Promise in Ovarian, Breast Cancer

May 29, 2018 7:07 pm

Clinicians in the not-too-distant future may have something new to offer women with breast cancer and ovarian cancer in whom initial therapy fails to yield a response. Writing in Clinical Cancer Research, investigators at the Mayo Clinic report that … Read more

Immunotherapy Has Big Potential In Ovarian Cancer Treatment

November 27, 2017 8:50 pm

Early studies are showing promise for immunotherapy agents such as checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment field of ovarian cancer, according to Jonathan Ledermann, M.D.

One such study is JAVELIN Ovarian 200, a study of Bavencio (avelumab) alone or in combination … Read more

What Is Immunotherapy? The Basics on These Cancer Treatments

August 23, 2017 2:55 pm

Some of the most promising advances in cancer research in recent years involve treatments known as immunotherapy. These advances are spurring billions of dollars in investment by drug companies, and are leading to hundreds of clinical trials. Here are answers … Read more

Immunotherapy Motolimod Fails to Improve Survival in Ovarian Cancer

March 24, 2017 4:29 am

The addition of the immune therapy motolimod to pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve overall survival among women with recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma in a randomized phase II trial. There was a survival advantage, however, specifically in patients who … Read more

Combination Of Chemotherapy And Immunotherapy May Be Effective

June 8, 2016 7:04 pm

Inside each ovarian tumor, there are good cells and bad cells. A new paper explains their roles: The bad cells are fibroblasts. They work to block chemotherapy, which is why nearly every woman with ovarian cancer becomes resistant to treatment. … Read more